NJ Gov. Christie Drops Marriage Appeal

Jim Burroway

October 21st, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this morning that he is dropping the same-sex marriage appeal to the state Supreme Court. The announcement recognizes that last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling denying his request to stay a lower court order requiring the state to begin granting marriage equality today is a strong indicator of how the Court will rule next year when it is scheduled to hear the full case:

Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, said that Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, writing for the court in a 7-0 opinion last Friday, “left no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view on the ultimate decision in this matter when he wrote, ‘same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today.’ ”

But at the same time, Christie sharply criticized the court for stepping in and ruling on the case. The Republican governor, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, has maintained that he wanted voters to take up the issue on the ballot.

“Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” Reed said. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”



October 21st, 2013

Before it’s all over Christie will be taking credit for marriage equality coming to New Jersey.


October 21st, 2013

@TampaZeke: YUP


October 21st, 2013

And the issue is out of the public’s view for elections even without the Court’s final decision.


October 21st, 2013

Disgusting sack of shit. He had no problem with substituting the judgment of the elected legislature with his own.


October 21st, 2013

My thoughts exactly, Steve. When it is the legislature ensuring equality, they are stepping on the will of the people. When it is the courts demanding equality, their the ones doing the toe-stepping, but this time it is the legislature’s feet.


October 21st, 2013

I thought the case won’t be heard now because the appeal is dropped? Other sites implied that.

Bose in St. Peter MN

October 21st, 2013

That’s my understanding, too, @occono.

Per the NJ.com article: “Christie’s unexpected decision to withdraw his appeal […] means that a lower-court ruling allowing gay couples to marry in New Jersey stands as the law.


October 21st, 2013

Great news – but I’m puzzled when you say “how the court will rule when it hears the case in January.”

Now that the Guv has dropped the appeal, the case is withdrawn, finished, over, no? None of the other media reports I’ve seen have indicated that the Supremes will still be deliberating on this in January.

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