FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASE

Gov. Christie Apologizes For Comments On Civil Rights, But Stands By “Numbnuts” Line

After raising the ire of Democrats with his comments about gay marriage and civil rights, NJ Gov. Chris Christie has finally apologized.

Christie originally said he’d veto any marriage equality bill because he wanted to let voters decide on the issue (and to conveniently not have to take a stance himself). When his cowardice was called out, he retreated further down the rabbit hole, saying it would’ve been preferable to have a referendum on civil rights in the South, but that the “political climate” wasn’t right. He also called openly gay state Senator Reed Gusciora a “numbnuts” for comparing him to segregationist governors Lester Maddox and George Wallace.

But now he wants to sweep that allll under the carpet. Well, except for the whole “numbnuts” thing. Chris Christie never takes it back when he calls someone a “numbnuts.”

“Anybody who was offended by what I said, if you’re listening out there tonight, I apologize for that,” he said on New Jersey 101.5’s monthly radio talk show, specifically in reference to his comment that referenda would’ve been preferable for taking care of ’50s and ’60s-era civil-rights issues.

Of the “numbnuts” line, he says: “I don’t know when people lost their sense of humor. That was, I thought, a pretty light slap at a guy who compared me to George Wallace and Lester Maddox, who were two absolutely vile people in the political history of our country.”

He didn’t say whether he’d actually change some of his positions: Usually, when you’re wrong and sorry about it, you make some effort to change. But nope, Christie will probably still veto marriage equality.

Chris Christie: the kind of guy who puts his foot in his mouth only to eat his whole body, but then magically reappears heavier than ever.