We all know that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the single reason that the state doesn’t have marriage equality. Now we also know that Christie doesn’t think marriage equality is a human rights issue.
During a campaign visit to a diner in Edison, NJ, Christie got into a surprisingly (for him) civil discussion with a voter who pressed him on his opposition to same-sex marriage. What was meant to be a routine event turned out to be a window into Christie’s ongoing waffling on gay issues.
It all began when Bert Bueno, a straight woman, asked Christie to explain his opposition to marriage equality. “Lots of different people have different views on this,” Christie said. “I think marriage should be between a man and a woman.” Christie also reiterated his stand that the issue be put to the voters and not “decided by politicians in Trenton.” (So much for a representative form of government.)
To her credit, Bueno wasn’t buying “How could you as the leader of the state speak and have such a point of view that really is in opposition to many, many people?” Bueno asked.
“Whenever you have an opinion that’s in opposition to many, many people … ” Christie started to reply.
“But this is different than gun control or taxes,” Bueno interjected.
“No, I don’t think it is different,” the governor said.
“It’s a human rights issue,” Bueno insisted.
“Says you,” Christie responded.
And there you have it: for Christie, marriage equality is not a human rights issue.
Christie tried to prove he’s really gay friendly by pointing out he signed a measure to ban conversion therapy. He also added, “I have relatives who are gay, I have friends who are gay. It all boils down, in Christie’s view, to “a difference of opinion.” It also boils down to Christie’s presidential ambitions, which are as outsized as the governor himself.