Friday, February 17, 2012

This One I Get

Chris Christie (Gov. of New Jersey) is a fine guy.  In fact, he is probably one of the least annoying Governors I know of (Republican or Democrat).  And he is in a sad fix.
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I am pretty sure he is very, VERY, not prejudice.  He was one of the few Republicans that spoke in favor the "Ground Zero" Mosque - reminding people that Freedom of Religion was a 2 way street.  He appointed an open homosexual to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  But now he is presented with a Gay Marriage bill.
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I think he was intelligent to get in front of this and tell everyone he was going to veto it - and wanted people to vote on it.  NOT because they should do that (yeah - let's vote on hate), but because he can't sign it.  If so, he won't go anywhere in the Republican power structure - and Chris Christie is a rising star.  He signs it, he won't be re-nominated by the Repubs - and would have NO shot in 2016.
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But had he waited and veto'ed it, Independents (who, in New Jersey, are pro Gay marriage) would have been pissed off.  And he needs those to get reelected in 2013 in new Jersey. And he needs reelection in 2013 to be nominated in 2016.
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So he says -  a while ago - he is going to veto it, if you pass it.  He thinks people should vote on it.  Does he believe this?  Probably not, but it is a fairly good middle way to get out of a tough situation.

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