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Christie to Republicans: put marriage on the ballot, the people will vote for it

Timothy Kincaid

February 2nd, 2012

Sometimes I am tempted to think that the prominent Republicans in this country just wish that marriage equality was already the law so that they didn’t have to talk about it or make promises to “the base”. Last year, New York Senate Majority Leader Skelos (who could have single handedly stopped the bill) put the question to the Senate after enough Republican votes were secured so that he could vote no while the bill passed. Today New Hampshire Republicans tell us that they are far too busy on fiscal matters for their supermajorities in each house to even consider repeal this year.

And now New Jersey Governor Christie has this to say about his new decision to direct Republican lawmakers to support a bill that would create a November referendum: (Bloomberg)

“The polls that I’ve seen show that if this goes to the ballot, I lose. How much more magnanimous could I be?”

There’s a whole pile of ways that can be interpreted and we can only guess as to what it means. While I think he bets on the polls being wrong, my best guess is that what he really wants to say is, “Stop asking me about that. I don’t care. Really, I couldn’t care in the slightest.”



Jim Burroway
February 2nd, 2012 | LINK

He is being less magnaminous as long as he insists on treating this law differently from every other law the New Jersey legislature deals with each and ever year.

If he wants to be just as “magnaminous” with this law as with every other law, all he has to do is treat it like every other law: sign it, veto it, or let it become law without his signature (which, I may be mistaken, but I think he has that option as well).

Timothy Kincaid
February 2nd, 2012 | LINK

yes, I think it’s 45 days.

February 2nd, 2012 | LINK

Just don’t sign the bill and it will become law regardless. That way he can be free to ignore it

February 2nd, 2012 | LINK

He’s ducking. If it was so assured of passage, he could just make bowing-to-the-inevitable noises, sign it and be done with it. At this point, he obviously doesn’t want to touch it.

Keep in mind that there’s a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that the state must grant equal status to same-sex couples, which could in all likelihood be used to challenge his veto and/or a referendum.

Lindoro Almaviva
February 2nd, 2012 | LINK

magnanimous my purtorican ass.

\Yes, you have my permission to delete this comment. Someone had to say it.

February 3rd, 2012 | LINK

If he truly “didn’t care”, he could just ignore it. He clearly cares. He characterizes a win for marriage equality as a loss for him personally. Although gay marriage is up nationally and in New Jersey, it’s still far from certain if it goes to the polls, and Christie knows this. We here in California we up, way up in the polls in the Summer of 2008 and then NOM and the rest of them came in with their lies and we got hammered. Same thing happened in Maine. The fact is, we could be looking at losing in Maine again in 2012, plus Washington and Maryland, *and* the Oval Office and the Senate. If that happens, much of the gay rights progress of the last three years will backslide.
Or, lots and lots of good things can happen. Time will tell. The only think I know for certain is Christie doesn’t know what “magnanimous” means.

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