Thursday, February 23, 2012

NJ Gov. Chris Christie VS Jonathan Capehart On Marriage Equality & Civil Rights 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Real Time - Overtime: Bill Maher Slams “Moron Of The Week" Inductee Gov. Chris Christie For Marriage Veto

 
Moron Of The Week: NJ Gov. Chris Christie 
For having vetoed New Jersey’s Marriage Equality Bill after both the State’s Senate & Assembly passed it. This shows that it really doesn’t matter how close you’re from Massachusetts, New York & Canada, you can still be a bigot.

Moron Of The Week: NJ Gov. Chris Christie 

For having vetoed New Jersey’s Marriage Equality Bill after both the State’s Senate & Assembly passed it. This shows that it really doesn’t matter how close you’re from Massachusetts, New York & Canada, you can still be a bigot.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NEW JERSEY: Assembly Passes Marriage Equality Bill, Gov. Christie Promises Veto

Joe.My.God. reports: reports:

UPDATE: By a vote of 41-33 the New Jersey Assembly has approved its marriage equality bill. That’s far below the necessary 54 votes for an override of Gov. Christie’s promised veto. Nevertheless, we WON and New Jersey can now be added to the lengthening list of states with legislatively approved marriage equality.

UPDATE II: The New York Times says the final vote tally was 42-33 and not 41-33 as displayed by the final tote board in the chamber. That figure matches the 75 reps who responded to the initial quorum call by the speaker.

NOTE: New Jersey has 80 Assembly districts which means that six legislators did not vote. A tipster tips me that one of the missing reps is an LGBT-supportive Republican who would have been a “yes” vote. As for the other five missing votes, I have no idea. There were no abstentions.

EARLIER: The voting should commence sometime around 1pm Eastern. We need 41 votes to win, 54 to override. Even with Monday’s win in the Senate, all this may seem symbolic in the face of Christie’s promised veto. But let’s not forget the enduring power of the positive press today’s vote will get around the nation. Plus we get almost two full years to get those extra votes.

UPDATE: NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoed the Marriage Equality Bill that was passed by both the State’s Senate and Assembly, as he promised.

NEW JERSEY: Assembly Passes Marriage Equality Bill, Gov. Christie Promises Veto

Joe.My.God. reports: reports:

UPDATE: By a vote of 41-33 the New Jersey Assembly has approved its marriage equality bill. That’s far below the necessary 54 votes for an override of Gov. Christie’s promised veto. Nevertheless, we WON and New Jersey can now be added to the lengthening list of states with legislatively approved marriage equality. UPDATE II: The New York Times says the final vote tally was 42-33 and not 41-33 as displayed by the final tote board in the chamber. That figure matches the 75 reps who responded to the initial quorum call by the speaker. NOTE: New Jersey has 80 Assembly districts which means that six legislators did not vote. A tipster tips me that one of the missing reps is an LGBT-supportive Republican who would have been a “yes” vote. As for the other five missing votes, I have no idea. There were no abstentions. EARLIER: The voting should commence sometime around 1pm Eastern. We need 41 votes to win, 54 to override. Even with Monday’s win in the Senate, all this may seem symbolic in the face of Christie’s promised veto. But let’s not forget the enduring power of the positive press today’s vote will get around the nation. Plus we get almost two full years to get those extra votes. UPDATE: NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoed the Marriage Equality Bill that was passed by both the State’s Senate and Assembly, as he promised.

Dan Savage Decries NJ Gov. Christie For Vowing To Veto Marriage Equality Bill 

Monday, February 13, 2012

NEW JERSEY: Marriage Equality Passes Senate

Joe.My.God. reports:

As expected the New Jersey Senate today voted 24-16 to approve its marriage equality bill. The bill should pass even more easily in the state Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto the bill. Proponents need 27 Senate and 54 Assembly votes for an override of the veto.

NEW JERSEY: Marriage Equality Passes Senate

Joe.My.God. reports:

As expected the New Jersey Senate today voted 24-16 to approve its marriage equality bill. The bill should pass even more easily in the state Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto the bill. Proponents need 27 Senate and 54 Assembly votes for an override of the veto.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

USA: WA Gov. Chris Gregoire Talks Marriage Equality, NJ Gov. Chris Christie 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
NEW JERSEY: Gov. Christie (Sorta) Apologizes For Marriage Remarks
POLITICO reports:

New Jersey’s Chris Christie, the Mitt Romney super-surrogate who caused a stir last week when he drew a parallel between the gay-marriage push and the civil rights movement, offered up a rare apology last night on a radio program for the comments:
"I also recognize that my job, one of my jobs as Governor, is to clearly communicate to people what I’m thinking, every time I open my mouth. And I try to be very good about being very direct about what I say so that there’s no ambiguity but obviously when I was talking last week at the town hall meeting about the civil rights movement in the South, I wasn’t clear enough. I just wasn’t.
"And what I did was, by saying those things, I left them open to misinterpretation and obviously there are some folks out there whose feelings I hurt or sensibilities I offended. And I apologize for that, because that’s my job. My job is to clearly communicate all the time. And so to those folks out there who were somehow offended or concerned about the ambiguity in my statement, I apologize for that because very clearly what I was trying to say, I said yesterday at the press conference about 5 or 6 times."
Earlier this week, he called a New Jersey lawmaker who had suggested he was like segregationists “numbnuts.”

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Christie (Sorta) Apologizes For Marriage Remarks

POLITICO reports:

New Jersey’s Chris Christie, the Mitt Romney super-surrogate who caused a stir last week when he drew a parallel between the gay-marriage push and the civil rights movement, offered up a rare apology last night on a radio program for the comments:

  • "I also recognize that my job, one of my jobs as Governor, is to clearly communicate to people what I’m thinking, every time I open my mouth. And I try to be very good about being very direct about what I say so that there’s no ambiguity but obviously when I was talking last week at the town hall meeting about the civil rights movement in the South, I wasn’t clear enough. I just wasn’t.
  • "And what I did was, by saying those things, I left them open to misinterpretation and obviously there are some folks out there whose feelings I hurt or sensibilities I offended. And I apologize for that, because that’s my job. My job is to clearly communicate all the time. And so to those folks out there who were somehow offended or concerned about the ambiguity in my statement, I apologize for that because very clearly what I was trying to say, I said yesterday at the press conference about 5 or 6 times."

Earlier this week, he called a New Jersey lawmaker who had suggested he was like segregationists “numbnuts.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Slams Gov. Christie For Marriage Referendum Proposal 

Watch the speech from Congressman John Lewis starting at the 6:30 mark.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

USA: Washington & Maryland Governors Slam Chris Christie On Marriage Ballot Issue

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NEW YERSEY: Gov. Christie Asks To Put “Marriage Equality” On The Ballot So He’s Clean Of Guilt

Monday, January 23, 2012

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Christie Nominates Out Gay Man To State Supreme Court

Joe.My.God. reports:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated an out gay black man to the state Supreme Court. Bruce Harris was just elected as mayor of Chatham, New Jersey in November, prompting the Victory Fund to declare him to be the nation’s first out gay black Republican mayor. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly.

Garden State Equality executive director Steven Goldstein was told the news by Christie himself. “As I told the Governor right then and there, you could have picked me up off the floor,” Goldstein said in a statement.[snip]Of today’s news, Goldstein noted, “When I met with Governor Christie in 2010 at his request, he told me that though we would differ on some issues like marriage equality, he viewed the LGBT community as an important part of New Jersey, and that he wanted his Administration to have a good working relationship with Garden State Equality. That has been the case every step of the way.
Goldstein told Metro Weekly that he didn’t discuss New Jersey’s just-introduced marriage equality bill during today’s call with Christie.

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Christie Nominates Out Gay Man To State Supreme Court

Joe.My.God. reports:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated an out gay black man to the state Supreme Court. Bruce Harris was just elected as mayor of Chatham, New Jersey in November, prompting the Victory Fund to declare him to be the nation’s first out gay black Republican mayor. 

Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly.

Garden State Equality executive director Steven Goldstein was told the news by Christie himself. “As I told the Governor right then and there, you could have picked me up off the floor,” Goldstein said in a statement.[snip]Of today’s news, Goldstein noted, “When I met with Governor Christie in 2010 at his request, he told me that though we would differ on some issues like marriage equality, he viewed the LGBT community as an important part of New Jersey, and that he wanted his Administration to have a good working relationship with Garden State Equality. That has been the case every step of the way.
Goldstein told Metro Weekly that he didn’t discuss New Jersey’s just-introduced marriage equality bill during today’s call with Christie.