After personally blocking marriage equality for years in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie ought to pay a political price, right? Maybe not. Philly.com says he may get off scott-free:
First and foremost, this may no longer even be an issue by the November gubernatorial election, let alone the 2016 presidential race. New Jersey courts could legalize gay marriage as soon as next month. If that happens – and Christie is obligated by law to comply – then done is done. State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex), Christie’s opponent, can make the argument all she wants that Christie is “denigrating and demeaning and marginalizing our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters,” as she did last week. But will that statement have currency among voters when pictures show the opposite, of men marrying men and women marrying women at town halls across New Jersey?
And even if it doesn’t, democrats may not be able to override his veto until he is safely reelected as Governor.
Over at NJ.com, they’re calling the Governor’s bluff on his contention that he doesn’t run the GOP in New Jersey, and that republican lawmakers are free to vote for marriage equality if they want:
Another straddle: Christie has always opposed gay marriage, but he said last year he was “adamant” that same-sex couples “deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples.” Each side got something: No to marriage, but yes to equal rights. That straddle exploded when the U.S. Supreme Court extended federal benefits to same-sex married couples. Civil union couples in New Jersey cannot enjoy those benefits precisely because of Christie’s veto. And yet, he stands by the veto, and was among the first to criticize the court’s decision. So what is it, Governor? Do same-sex couples deserve equal legal rights or not?
And so we wait to see what the New Jersey Supreme Court has to say on the issue.