Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
New Jersey

New Jersey governor vetoes marriage equality bill, as expected

Friday, February 17, 2012

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie on Friday afternoon vetoed a bill approved by the state legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage — just six hours after it reached his desk.

Chris Christie

Christie had publicly promised swift action with a veto on the bill, and has said that he feels the issue should be settled in a state-wide ballot referendum by the voters.

“I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples — as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits,” Christie said in a prepared statement, and suggested that an ombudsman be appointed to address complaints that New Jersey’s same-sex civil union law be strengthened.

“Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied,” he said.

“Thousands and thousands of New Jersey families are denied financial security, health security and fundamental equal rights every day because of a failed civil union experiment,” said Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Bergen), in criticizing the governor’s veto.

“And yet in spite of their second-class citizenship, the governor single handedly — through the stroke of his pen — seeks to codify discrimination against them,” said Greenwald.

Christie continued push his suggestion of the gay marriage issue to a referendum in November to allow New Jersey voters to decide. Republicans fell in line with his recommendation; not a single Republican present in the Assembly on Thursday voted for the marriage equality bill, reported the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Just two years after voting the bill down, the state Senate on Monday passed the measure 24-16, with two Republicans crossing the aisle.

Gay rights activists say they will now work to secure the necessary votes for an override by the Jan. 14, 2014, deadline — the end of this legislative session. They’ll need nearly a dozen more votes in the Assembly and a handful in the Senate.

Freedom to Marry, a marriage equality advocacy group, reacted by saying Christie has “planted his feet firmly on the wrong side of history.”

“Fortunately, his ‘no’ will not be America’s – or New Jersey’s – last word. It is simply an obstacle we overcome as we continue on the road to liberty and justice for all,” said Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson, in a statement.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on Tuesday shows that 54 percent of New Jersey voters support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Archives: , , , , ,

Filed under: New Jersey

129 more reader comments:

  1. time to send Christie to the unemployment line. c’mon voters.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:10pm
  2. yep especially since he was out with, um wrestlers, at the time of the vote.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:12pm
  3. what a fat bastard!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:13pm
  4. He thinks it should be voted on … where would civil rights be if they had been voted on in the 60′s??? Right is right !!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:13pm
  5. What a douche bag!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:13pm
  6. Like we didn’t see that coming!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:14pm
  7. Guess he didn’t wanna get reelected

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:14pm
  8. look at him he’s just jealous that he is too fat for guys to like him anyway

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:14pm
  9. He needs to choke on hamburgers !

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:14pm
  10. yet he’s wearing a pink tie in this picture. hahaha makes me laugh. i bet he scored major brownie points with santorum.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:17pm
  11. he is on the wrong side of history. ironically, he favored flags being flown half staff for Whitney Houston which was opposed by many. hypocritical, I feel…

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:17pm
  12. I knew that Big Fat SLOB would do that!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:18pm
  13. Why are people so against this? I mean come on who’s it gonna hurt.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:19pm
  14. I am amazed that history has taught these morons nothing! Doesn’t this idiot realize that in 20 years (or less) he will be considered in the same light as we now view George Wallace? It amazes me that people can be so blinded by bigotry.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:21pm
  15. after he is impeached, he can always try out for Rupaul’s drag race next season

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:23pm
  16. yea what an S.O.B!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:23pm
  17. He’s not an SOB.. just an ambitious coward.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:25pm
  18. Right.. it has nothing to do with them… if they are against gay marriage, they should just not marry a gay person. It’s just hard heartedness.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:26pm
  19. This is horrible and he is truly on the wrong side of history

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:26pm
  20. This is the thing I don’t understand about people SO OFFENDED by marriage equality.
    Are these people really misguided enough to think that we will have the time and energy to “turn”homophobes and their precious families gay if this bill is passed?
    Sorry, but we have better things to do than waste our time brainwashing bigots.
    You know, like, being an honest law abiding citizens like everyone else, for example.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:27pm
  21. Fucking damn it! >.< we were so close!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:28pm
  22. my question…the hrc knew this going into pushing this he would veto it..so i’m wondering why they put money and time into it…there has to be a bigger picture here.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:31pm
  23. Hate Christie…fucking douche

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:31pm
  24. OK, who forgot to write the bill on a Krispy Kreme box?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:31pm
  25. jerk

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:33pm
  26. He’s very religious. You can tell by the way he treats his body as a temple…well a barn.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:33pm
  27. Oh, fuck you, Christie.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:36pm
  28. that is because he is a republican idiot and doesn’t have a clue.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:37pm
  29. It’ll happen, I know that Jersey is home to a lot of people, but if i comes down to it, a mass exodus may need to happen to get the hint.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:37pm
  30. He’s so intimidated by his party, he didn’t dare let it go un-vetoed!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:53pm
  31. The only thing he has the right to veto is Mcdonalds

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:53pm
  32. Cuz he’s a fat fuck piece of shit douchebag trying desperately to conceal his ardent homosexual tendencies.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:57pm
  33. What a maroon.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:58pm
  34. Chris Christie, Victor Victoria, Glen or Glenda?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:01pm
  35. He’s such a piece of shit.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:01pm
  36. Get used to saying “do you want fries with that!” You do look like George Wallacee Just a lot more baggage!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:02pm
  37. One person should not have that much power its tyrannical.The USA is a republic that’s supposed to protect its citizens from this type of oppression.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:20pm
  38. I think a protest and boycott of all things Jersey are in order

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:34pm
  39. Christie is a lemming of the GOP. We need to clean the crap out of the house in 2012, and the big pile of crap out of NJ in 2013.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:36pm
  40. Disappointing!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:50pm
  41. Can we criticize the man for his misguided policies and NOT on his appearance? Doing so reinforces the stereotype that we are a shallow community focused more on looks than substance. It’s also exceptionally offensive to fat people.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:58pm
  42. Vote him out and call him and tell him he wont be voted for and why.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:28pm
  43. cause he sucks

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:45pm
  44. Gov. Christie had the opportunity to make a positive statement for the people of N.J., instead he cowered to the Catholic church and the Republican party and his own aspirations to be President in 2016.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:16pm
  45. jack wagon!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:57pm
  46. DISLIKE BUTTON!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:57pm
  47. now to override. let’s pick up the pace Garden State!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:58pm
  48. what a dick n then he got a pink tie on!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:58pm
  49. hang in there NJ, it will happen! Keep fighting!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  50. this guy just hates like because of his last name….LoL!….so he is picking on US. What a Jerk!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  51. CHRISTIE IS AN AHOLE!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  52. what a jackass

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  53. LOL people are STUPID

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  54. I AGREE WITH HARRY..LETS OVER RIDE HIM JERSEY PPL

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  55. I’m surprised he hasn’t keeled over from a heart attack, that fat piece of shit.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  56. What and ignorant lard arse..Put him back in the water before he rots..LOFL!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  57. He is a disgusting blob of selfishness. Right down to the food on the table.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  58. Like most Reoublican’ts, HE SUCKS ASS!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  59. out the hater!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  60. That’s because Chris Christie is a closet queen!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  61. u can keep over turning it…give up idiots cause ITS NOT GOING TO STOP IT WILL BE LEGAL ALL OVER…..destroy the “meaning” of marriage IF U FUCKERS DIDNT NOTICE ……U STRAIGHT BITCHS CHEAT ON UR WIFES BEAT THEM USE THEM …..MORE THAN GAYS …U DIVORCE …MORE THAN GAYS!!!!!!! YOU DESTROYED MARRAGE! NOT US!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  62. THE FUCK IS THIS BULLSHIT?!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  63. He’s a Republican…What did you expect?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  64. hang a twinky in front of his face

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  65. I’m just waiting for him to be outed.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  66. My mommy says politicians are fairgame when it comes to insulting them on any level. =)

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  67. fat baster

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  68. hope we can override it

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  69. he does not remember that glbt population vote…

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  70. “Henh,at least Shamu only has one blow hole”-Walter

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  71. TYPICAL FRAKEN AMERICAN….STUPID SHIT! GOD ……makes me wanna smack the fuck out of al u hateful suns a bitches ! karama will get u!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  72. Fuck you very very mu-u-u-ch…

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  73. As someone who currently lives in NJ, and always DEPISED this man, I hate having another reason to dislike him. Excuse my childish name calling, but… Fatty Fat McFatterson!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:02pm
  74. hes an asshole and should be removed from office just like the rest of the politicians

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:02pm
  75. Hey,i’m American Joseph…Not all us are as bad a Christie.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:02pm
  76. What a douche…

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  77. And i highly doubt you would smack me.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  78. Well, time to get a 2/3 majority override, because, even at 13 I know one person shouldn’t be able to decide what “love” is

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  79. lol ….let me inform u …first off shut the fuck up i was implying to people LIKE HIM

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:04pm
  80. sec trust me id do more than smack u id knock u on ur ass and come up with a good convinceing story of how u got knocked the fuck out!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:04pm
  81. Idiot

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:04pm
  82. Good day to u sir!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  83. what a cunt

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  84. LOL@ Jess. No need to say sorry, I’m sure a large population in NJ feel that way.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  85. c’mon people does it really surprises you? not every governor is going to receive equality, when it comes to same sex unions, with open arms. Remember the people elect their governors? you want it to change? don’t vote for him and vote for someone who will help your case. It doesn’t matter if the person is democrat or republican. Stop blinding yourself with red or blue and lets start electing people who will work and fight for all.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:07pm
  86. It’s completely shocking to me that it’s 2012 and the gay community still cant get married in most of the world??? Are you fucking kidding me. Get the fuck over it! Everybody deserves rights! Why even take the time to discriminate? Love everybody for who they are!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:08pm
  87. Everyone fighting…chill the fuck out!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:08pm
  88. I dont want someone who’s going to tell others “you can’t marry the one you love” …. just like I don’t want someone who tells me “you can’t pray because you’re offending me” … lets start electing smart people.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:09pm
  89. Joseph,you don’t scare me Junior…Besides,your siting behind a computer…How tough are u really.
    Are you trying to over-compensate for smaller things there,possibly?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:09pm
  90. He should have our it to a referendum

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:09pm
  91. This is BULLSHIT. Love is love.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:10pm
  92. Alies need to get together and over turn this one in NJ. Then we will work together to support the MD law to make sure it is sustained when they try to overturn it in Nov., which they will try.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:10pm
  93. :) if u only knew …..anyway i got better things to do than fight with someone i dont know nor care to know so um :) yes BYE BYE

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:10pm
  94. loser

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:13pm
  95. @Cassy Lee..Was just punking the Troll thass all..Not gonna fight anyone…No intent to offend you,Cassy.
    Peace.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:13pm
  96. Oh for crying out loud. It’s obvious he’s a bigoted conservative. There are too many bigots in positions of power. Wonder how many times he’s been married?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:14pm
  97. JN Legislature… now its time to show you actually have balls (or ovaries!) and exercise your checks and balances privilege and OVERRIDE the gov!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:14pm
  98. Coward

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:15pm
  99. where’s the dislike button?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:16pm
  100. He is next door to New York. They will just go across to New York.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:17pm
  101. Just as a side note, it doesn’t matter what the laws are, we’re still going to love, fuck and commit to one another.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:18pm
  102. christie knws he will be hated by over half of his state

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:18pm
  103. With his thinking….Maybe we should go back to Separate but equal schools for white kids and black kids in the south as well. oh wait that right Brown v. Board of Education Handed down on May 17, 1954 in a unanimous (9–0) decision that we cant have separate but Equal its unconstitutional. But then again Thank god it wasn’t up to him to decide if interracial marriage should be legal as dated June 12, 1967 United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924″, unconstitutional. Hence making it interracial marriage legal. We will get there lets just get this to the Supreme Court already!!!!! ******OK STEPPING OF SOAP BOX NOW*******

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:26pm
  104. douchebag

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:27pm
  105. They should have placed a box of Twinkies on top of the bill before hand & I’m sure he would have signed in our favor.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:28pm
  106. That’s why no one wants to live in nj

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:33pm
  107. Dislike button needed…that’s some BS right there…..

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:34pm
  108. Bitch needs to veto them hamburgers with his big queen ass.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:39pm
  109. Evil man

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:39pm
  110. he should really just come out of the closet, nice “pink” tie he is wearing. ;)

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:39pm
  111. but he’s man enough to wear a pink tie

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:40pm
  112. fucking bastard. u know the thing about evolving, is that evolution moves forward… not backward. people who try to interfere with progress and positive change, are just temporarily slowing it down. but they wont be able to stop it in the long run. you cant mess with nature mr governor.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:40pm
  113. U know Christie is drinkin’ his Hater-ade. That cockblocker! His veto will get overturned.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:46pm
  114. BOOOOO on Governor Christie…

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:49pm
  115. Despite me being upset about this, and not surprised, I think we should respect his decision, not everyone will have the same opinion.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:54pm
  116. I totally agree w the majority love is love even though I live in VA and I’m bi, this Chris Christy the governor of NJ in my opinion is a Hippocratic and that’s bad. I completely support this movement and hope the rest of the 43 states pass it BC its 2012 not 1950′s. Get w it new Jersey.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:59pm
  117. I hope and expect they override this %$#@&#$&^$# egotistical idiot

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:59pm
  118. YES ERIC THANK YOU

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:00pm
  119. He should hire out as the poster boy for grossly over achieved Republicans

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:02pm
  120. He’s an ass!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:10pm
  121. The fat bastard. May he drown in his juices

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:11pm
  122. Good luck New Jersey! We’re fighting for equality in NC now too. Keep your heads up and you will get there!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:31pm
  123. Too bad I missed little Joseph from Spring, Tex-ass. I’m gay and from NJ and I would like to roast Mr. Christie over a spit while I tan his hide. Little Joey is so tough behind his computer and he lives at his parents house. Go get a job Tex-as and stop diddling your father…for money. Pisses me off when people like this think they can run over my rights. It’s about civil rights, not about marriage and the next person who tells me that marriage is between a man and woman then I’m gonna ask them to explain why then is divorce between two lawyer and a judge?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:32pm
  124. What if Whitney Houston was gay? Just wondering if this would’ve passed flying at least half staff? >:-

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:36pm
  125. ERIC LI I will never respect Chris Christie again and I have even less respect for Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality who wrote the most puke worthy post on a blog on their page. Goldstein is a political phony – he may even be just asexual instead of the gay man he proposes he is. I believe he is a fake as a person. Read the article on that site. I became furious over what that ass wrote.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:37pm
  126. another living in the 50′s republican

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:43pm
  127. That fat motherfucker.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:18pm
  128. He just knows that the GOP would never allow him on a national ticket if he hadn’t vetoed this bill – just another ambitious hypocrite

    Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12:49am
  129. Boo!

    Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7:56am