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02/23/2012

Video: @GovChristie takes time from history's wrong side to appear in NBC studios

by Jeremy Hooper

The Obama administration has opposed ballot initiatives on marriage every time they've come up. The Obama administration has taken a strong stand against DOMA. And when legislators fairly pass a bill -- like, for instance, in New York state, New Jersey's neighbor and media-market-overlapper -- the Obama administration applauds the process. It's hard to fathom that a theoretical Gov. Obama, even with his current position, would ever veto his state legislature, should that fantasy body pass a marriage bill.

But now listen to Chris Christie (a) pretend there's "no space" between his recent veto decision and the Obama administration's position; (b) act as if there's no valid reason to keep a minority group's civil rights off of a public referendum, with fear of a short-term loss being the only motivator; ( c) use his disturbing "tough guy" (oh PUH-LEEZE!) act against openly gay Jonathan Capehart, all but shouting the journalist down behind an "I used to be a prosecutor, I'm not going to be cross-examined by you" stance; and (d) showing absolutely no regard for the human beings in his state who are actually affected by this politicking. Enjoy:



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Now, this all being said: The Obama administration has, admittedly, left open this door. As I've said before, "I have the same position as President Obama" has become kind of like the new, political version of "some of my best friends are…" It's unfortunate that the administration has allowed this to be used against them, especially in an election year, where motivating the base is key.

But even still, I am not going to sit here and let this Governor act like he can strong-arm us on this. I don't buy his "tough guy" act for a split second, and I'm not even slightly intimidated by it. He is very, very wrong on this one. He is playing politics because he has an eye on the national stage. He is hurting many New Jersey families. And I know this all personally, not just in some abstract confines of a TV studio.

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*Let's also remember that full equality in New Jersey was not just a suggestion -- THE STATE'S HIGHEST COURT MANDATED IT! The legislature chose civil unions, which have proven to be inadequate. So there's still a very valid question regarding whether Gov. Christie even has the authority to veto this, the legislature's subsequent attempt to remedy its past shortsightedness.

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