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NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Gay marriage ruling an example of ‘judicial supremacy’

Thursday, June 27, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling erasing part of a federal anti-gay marriage law was a “bad decision” and an example of “judicial supremacy.”

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Christie said he would again veto a same-sex marriage bill if it reaches his desk, and that Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples will have no effect on New Jersey, one of a handful of states that allows civil unions.

Appearing on TownSquare Media’s “Ask the Governor,” program Wednesday night, Christie said he remains opposed to gay marriage but is willing to put the question to voters.

“What I’ve said all along is what I said when I vetoed the last one, ‘let the people decide,’” Christie said. “You’re talking about changing an institution that’s over 2000 years old. The Democrats are putting an increase in the minimum wage on the ballot. That’s important enough to put on the ballot but gay marriage is not?”

Christie, who said he supports civil unions, also criticized the federal court for the ruling, levying a criticism typically reserved for New Jersey’s highest court.

“It’s just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having a government run by the people we actually vote for,” he said. “I thought it was a bad decision, but it has no effect on New Jersey at all so we move from here.”

Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democrat running against Christie for governor and the parent of an adult gay daughter, called for an override of Christie’s veto to be held Thursday. But a spokesman for Senate President Steve Sweeney said that won’t happen.

Democrats have never been able to override one of Christie’s vetoes, which they cannot do without Republican support.

In January, the GOP governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate vetoed a New Jersey same-sex marriage bill.

If an “institution that’s over 2,000 years old” is to be changed, he says a referendum should be held.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. BOO!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:24am
  2. SHUT UP FAT MAN…………..

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:25am
  3. Str8ie mad that straight supremacy isn’t being upheld, boohoo.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:25am
  4. example of JUDICAL CORRECTNESS EQUAL IS EQUAL …btw..supremecy is killing VRA….crush minorites in racist states and cities

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:26am
  5. Which is why he will be looking for a job soon.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:27am
  6. Dear Christie: Fuck you!,sincerely all of us.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:27am
  7. Who cares what he thinks?!?? Not me. All I hear is blah blah blah blah blah blah.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:29am
  8. Robert Taylor, name calling helps nothing.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:29am
  9. go eat a donut you moron.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:29am
  10. Chris Christie that is…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:30am
  11. He does realize it was a voted on?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:30am
  12. Why does he think anyone would care about his thoughts? Oh, right, he’s gearing up for 2016. Asshat!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:30am
  13. What does that fat ass know besides how to eat?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:30am
  14. hey jesus had two fathers….whats up with that…god and joseph

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:31am
  15. He is up for reelection in November….. just sayin….

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:31am
  16. Well, we know who’s “not” going to win against Hillary, should ge decide to run.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:34am
  17. What he said is that the voters should decide. So someone from NJ please write up a referendum and start collecting signatures.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:34am
  18. And I say that Chris Christie doesn’t know anything about the Constitution.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:35am
  19. This attitude will keep this man out of office next election….

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:36am
  20. What was that gov fuckhead? It has nothing to do with you? Ty! Stfu. seriously I don’t get this shit. His argument is in 2000 years the constitution hasn’t changed hmmm the only constant thing in this world is change. It’s been time. How do these people get elected ? How do they get through life?!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:36am
  21. screw Christie.I hope he ties two cinder blocks to his feet and takes a big leap in the ocean. hate mongering scum

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:37am
  22. What is up with all of this hate and intolerance? We have fought too hard and too long for the dignity and respect we deserve that we are finally getting. We DO NOT and SHOULD NOT sink to their level. He is entitled to his beliefs and opinions, no matter how wrong and misguided they are. We should be taking the high road and educating him on the errors of his ways.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:37am
  23. This is the same thing every politician says whenever the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in a way they agree with.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:38am
  24. Oh…I didn’t know we were being represented by a 2000 year old institution. Well by all means then…strip us all of our human rights. 2000 years trumps human rights any day. But while you’re at it you might want to compare your life with that book you study and throw in everyones faces to see what all you should give up. Like a whole lot of your paycheck you glutton.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:38am
  25. Supremacy?? Is this KKK member lard ass actually saying it was wrong? Well, we need to show him by showing up to vote this asshole out of office… What a white bigot! The black people of America are SO RIGHT…. whites are sooooooo bigoted! Always the white man coming forth to preserve bigotry and the KKK moral code.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:38am
  26. Oh but passing unconstitutional laws…definitely not supremacy. Give me a break, dude.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:40am
  27. His obesity is hardly exemplary.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:42am
  28. Blah, blah, blah! Heard it all before.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:42am
  29. Hey Fat-so. you need to shut your fat ass mouth !!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:42am
  30. Wait…black people saying that are also bigoted. My mother and two sisters are white…I don’t see them trying to bring any black people down.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:42am
  31. Another item to add to my ever growing list of reasons I can’t stand Chris Christie. The man is a shining example of “what not to do”. His behaviors and statements are very useful when it comes to helping my children discover the kind of person they want (or in this case, do NOT want) to be. So maybe I should thank him for being a bigoted asshole…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:42am
  32. Does he understand how our government works? Supremacy? The only one I ever see is white, fat, old, conservative, and mean religious supremacy . . . in all our sectors of government. Supremacy. One branch of the government watches the other, and while we’re on it, corporate supremacy oversees all branches of the government so he should open a book that isn’t stupid like a history book, or a book on economics.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:45am
  33. I love how he only thinks marriage has been around for 2000 years, people have been married all types of unions for thousands of years before a judeo/christian union was around… he needs to be schooled again on history not found in a holy book

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:46am
  34. IDIOT!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:46am
  35. If you’re a conservative who disagrees with court decisions, you use catchphrases like “judicial superiority” or “activist judges” to express your discontent.

    Bite me, Gov. Christie.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:46am
  36. No your just a fat ass Bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:49am
  37. Sad …

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:51am
  38. I (still) don’t like him.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:52am
  39. The right to marry is not something others should be deciding for anyone. This is about a basic human right and a constitutional right. Really sad that he put it right along side of a vote on min-wage changes. I mean what is up with that! Makes our marriages seem less than in many ways.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:54am
  40. The Wolf has come out of his Sheep’s clothing!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:54am
  41. Go eat something Chris, maybe it wlll improve your mood. Might I suggest some fish? Its a brain food and you could use it.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:58am
  42. Yuck!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:03am
  43. What a pig!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:12am
  44. Im embarrassed to say Im from NJ. He just doesnt get it. Buffoon.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:13am
  45. I hope NJ voters are smart and don’t vote for him.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:19am
  46. Can we say the same about gutting the Voting Rights Act?? “Judicial Supremacy.”

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:21am
  47. SAD …..

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:27am
  48. He can kiss the darkest part of my natural black ass!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:30am
  49. What an a-hole!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:40am
  50. Worry more about your morbid obesity and less on who is marrying who, Gov.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:43am
  51. D bAG!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:48am
  52. Spoken by an Advocate of Religious Bigot Supremacy?

    Read the First Amendment, Fat Boy!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:49am
  53. Dear Republicans: Do not be silenced! Let your bigotry flag fly high! Come out proud for prejudice! Self-identify with the hatred you hold in your hearts like a lover! Humanity has witnessed your hollow desperation and cancerous souls–and they are fleeing in horror…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:50am
  54. Bend Over Fatass so a cannon can blast your sorry ass to the moon for being such a Bigot!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:53am
  55. well he recently vetoed gay marriage in his state recently..isn’t that governor supremacy?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:55am
  56. Just when I thought I liked him a little – very little – now there is no way he will get my vote

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:57am
  57. Judicial supremacy to go with Christie’s supreme ignorance and stupidity!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:58am
  58. STFU and eat another hamburger!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:01am
  59. F-U!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:06am
  60. Losers who are sore losers

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:08am
  61. KKKhristy is example of HeteroSUPREMACY

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:09am
  62. Just another reason to cross him off the list of potential decent potential Presidential candidates. Just because he responded well to Hurricane Sandy does not make him an enlightened or compassionate candidate!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:10am
  63. Amen to that, Fred!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:10am
  64. Eat shit, you douche nozzle

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:22am
  65. How’s that diet coming, Chris? Have some Shit-fil-A.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:28am
  66. SOS from those who “rule,”. talk about supremacy what’s wrong about true love? What’s the big deal?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:30am
  67. Would someone feed him a cookie to hush him?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:31am
  68. And to think he is the best the republican party has put forward in a long time. This is the crap you get when you aren’t as far right as your base needs you to be. He knows full well that rights shouldn’t be put up to a popular vote–it just a way for him to wash his hands of making hard decisions.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:33am
  69. and he has proven again what a clueless idiot he is

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:36am
  70. I sort of expected better from Christie but I guess not.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:47am
  71. what a pig headed idiot

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:59am
  72. He’s a BUFFET EATING SUPREMACY

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:02pm
  73. I hope when you’re feeling so hungry that you enter a BUFFET RESTAURANT ready to EAT and the close right before you enter…that’s probably the most traumatic emotion you have lame excuse for a governor…IMMIGRATION REFORM should include DEPORTING YOU

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:03pm
  74. Hypocrite…..

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:10pm
  75. Supremacy? calling everyone a second class citizen? I think that’s supremacy, dumb@ss…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:10pm
  76. Is there anything Jabba of Jersey won’t say to try to shore up his White House hopes?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:20pm
  77. Someone should tell Christie we’re a republic.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:30pm
  78. the only bad decision was when NJ voted for fatso

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:39pm
  79. don’t offer that Robin – he loves food

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:40pm
  80. He was allowed to get married. Have you seen his wife? Between the two of them – I would never have sex again ever if I had to do it with either of them – Ever!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:41pm
  81. he’s a twinkie

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:41pm
  82. praying on that -

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:42pm
  83. Funny, I thought SCOTUS striking down unconstitutional legislation was part of what Americans call “checks and balances” between the three branches of government.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:43pm
  84. okay but he’s ugly too

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:44pm
  85. Yep…when the conservatives don’t win it’s “judicial supremacy” when they win…it’s patriotic. hmmm…..

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:50pm
  86. Yeah that’s why it’s called the Supreme Court numb nutz!!! Lol. It is supreme and judicial.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:00pm
  87. unlike gutting the VRA????

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:27pm
  88. Who cares☻☻

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:29pm
  89. and what is it called then when he (one person) vetos bills that were created and passed in his state that would allow equality? dictatorship?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:30pm
  90. He needs voted out!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:37pm
  91. prick!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:42pm
  92. It wasn’t long ago that black and white people could get together…
    It’s only a matter of time before people of the same gender can. It’s already there in many states.

    This man is just an ant trying to hold back a boulder.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:50pm
  93. That’s ridiculous, they didn’t create law, they found Prop 8 and DOMA to be illegal and unconstitutional.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:54pm
  94. you point is invalid you being voted in was a act of judicial surpremacy with your partys gerrymandering

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:23pm
  95. Yes, because the Founding Fathers created a system where one branch gets to write the rules without being told “Hey wait..” (sarcasm)

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:40pm
  96. Sorry to be from jersey , please vote him out in nov.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:48pm
  97. I guess he never heard of 1) My life – My Decision – Mind your own business; 2) Privacy; 3) We are Not your inferiors. 4) Your position doesn’t give you the right to decide anyone else’s personal life!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 3:39pm
  98. Marbury v Madison. The Supreme Court’s powers in regards to legislative issues are beyond reproach. We can be angry with them, but you don’t get to be that guy.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:01pm