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Not holding my breath for Christie to do the right thing, but here’s hoping a GOP governor can restore my faith that not all of them are either bigots, or willing to support bigotry to get elected.
NJ is more a “purple” than red or blue state. If Gov. Crisco vetos the bill, that will surely turn off the independent voters in the state, and ramp up gay activism in the state.
@QJ201: Let’s hope so.
No *harm* can come from passing this, even if it gets vetoed. And, of course, meanwhile the court case continues…
If Christie wants to veto the bill, let him veto it. The voters of that still can vote accordingly the next time he comes up.
Another option for Christie is to just not sign it, in which case it would become law in 45 days.
@Stefan: Why would he do that, unless he knows a veto would be overridden anyway?
He has said many times he would veto it right away, so don’t even hold your breathe on this one.
@Hyhybt: It would be the Governor’s way of saying he doesn’t support a bill without saying that he is openly opposed to it. A veto, even if it can’t be overridden, is a politically dicey move with a split legislature (dem-controlled house and senate, repub-held governorship). If the democratic leadership has come out and said this is their top priority, a veto of it would put the governor’s own legislative priorities in jeopardy of failing.
a veto by a single person like this is about as anti-democratic as can be.
Christie would only sign the bill if it is served with a side of fries.
@MikeE: This is a representative democracy, otherwise known as a republic.
Besides, do you *really* want to argue that vetoes should not be allowed? Consider that New Hampshire is in approximately the opposite position right now, where a veto (combined with a few defectors) is pretty much the only way of *keeping* marriage.
Wonderful news. If this passes the Democratic state legislature, it is still a big step forward regardless of whether Republican governor Christie vetoes it. There is always a slim possibility that he would sign it or that the legislature could override the veto.
That FAT FCUK is NOT going to pass ANY marriage equality bill. He’s made that very clear. Also, he’s on a mission to find his penis. PEACELUVNBWILD!
NJ needs to get rid of Christie in order to see same-sex marriage, it’s as simple as that. The sinfully gluttonous governor has repeatedly vowed a veto, enough with the wishful thinking.
He will never sign it, he will veto it. He has said it on many occasions. He plays the religion and moral card on this one. Sad.
There really isn’t any way for Christie to win this. If he veto’s the bill, the left comes out of the woodwork for the election, and the Republicans lose just about every race. If he signs it, they still lose this election, but not by as much of a margin, and then he looses his own reelection in two years time.
@Steve: He may just let it pass without his signature. In the Federal government, once Congress passes a bill the President has 10 days to sign it or veto it. If he does neither, then unless the legislative session has already ended, the bill becomes law. New Jersey works in a similar way, though I think they have a longer deadline.
That tub of shit Christie will veto it to further his political ambitions in the republican party. I think the state Supreme Court is our best option at this point.
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