Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

Chris Christie ignores Chris Gregoire’s outreach on marriage equality

NJ Governor hopes to swiftly veto measure
By Igor Volsky
Think Progress
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hopes to put the politically delicate question of same-sex marriage behind him and is prepared to swiftly veto a bill extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians, even if it means ignoring the arguments of proponents.

Chris Gregoire (left) and Chris Christie

ThinkProgress has learned that Christie has yet to respond to a letter from fellow Governor Chris Gregoire (D-WA) offering the blunt-speaking Christie advise on the issue.

In the letter, dated Jan. 31, 2012, Gregoire wrote, “I have been on a personal journey, because while I am a Governor, I am also a Catholic.” “If you would like to talk, please give me a call.” The correspondence also contained a copy of Gregoire’s remarks upon announcing her support for marriage equality. Gregoire has received “no response to date,” her office confirms.

Below is a copy of the letter:

Rather than considering equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians, however, Christie has largely dismissed his critics and called for a state referendum on the issue.

During a press conference Tuesday, the New Jersey governor referred to the senate’s passage of same-sex marriage bill as “a good bunch of theater” and told lawmakers, “it’s not going to happen.”

© Think Progress.
This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Archives: , , , ,

Filed under: New Jersey

25 more reader comments:

  1. Idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 8:57pm
  2. What a wonderful love light being from Gods realm.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 8:57pm
  3. Typical…smfh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 8:58pm
  4. i agree… ignorant

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 8:59pm
  5. Following your religious beliefs doesn’t mean blocking out everyone’s opinion and only listening to yourself, Mr. Christie.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 8:59pm
  6. Well, of course he will. He doesn’t have time for stuff like marriage equality when his attention is consumed with flying flags half-mast for the drug-addled Whitney Houston!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00pm
  7. I never thought I’d praise Gregoire’s tenure as Governor. I am glad to be proven wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:01pm
  8. Also, hope that veto blows right back in your face.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:02pm
  9. Santorum can kiss my toned muscular ass. can some1 pls make him shut up already god lord

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:03pm
  10. god forbid homophobes quit living in the 1800′s! when provoked, we gays can be vindictive… we dont stop until we get our way… we want to be equal to our straight peers. we are all human. no one is better than anyone!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:07pm
  11. of course, because it appears as though he is getting some type of money (or re-election promise or the like) from his gop brothers… think about it- if he wasn’t receiving some sort money (or promise of something), he would have just done the right thing- encouraging NJ house and senate to pass an equailty bill so he could sign it into law. He is trying to play both sides of the game. For entertainment, I would love to see the bill win by a landslide by NJ voters…. then laugh at all the goppers in that state who are against equality, be embarrassed and try to do damage control… makes me smile…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:07pm
  12. I know this is kind of irrelevant but.. That’s a lot of “Chris”.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:09pm
  13. He’s just God Bothering Trash.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:10pm
  14. fucking loser,and of course, you’all will complain,but do nothing about it..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:11pm
  15. simple. vote him out next term.. that will send a message

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:12pm
  16. big surprise

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:14pm
  17. we need to vote him out and not support any politician who is against marriage equality. until then, nothing will change.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:30pm
  18. Just proves that this carny is doing it base on ignorance.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:37pm
  19. Christie is a dirty fat pig. The law of the land will eventually prevail.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:43pm
  20. Is he hiding something??????

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:58pm
  21. John, I am fat and take issue with the name calling. Christie is a bigot, no matter his weight – end of story…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:48am
  22. Gregoire for President!

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:54am
  23. I guess these so called “leaders” care nothing about “All the People…”

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:06am
  24. But he will put the American Flag at half for Whintey and claim that is the human thing to do! Really the human thing is do not disrepsect our flag that is for heros and human thing letting all people be able to marry! Dipshit!

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10:21am
  25. I think he’s intimidated by his party. What a shame he doesn’t have the balls to stand up to them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10:54am