February 21st, 2012
01:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Christie explains same-sex marriage veto

(CNN) – Leading up to his veto of a same-sex marriage bill passed by his state legislature, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explained his decision to CNN's Piers Morgan, and said that although he is an opponent of same-sex marriage, he favors putting the policy to the people.

"I know this is a very emotional issue and a very divisive issue in my state," Christie said in an interview to air on Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday. "The only way we have to amend our constitution in New Jersey - which is by referendum - let's put it on the ballot and let's let the people decide.

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"And if the people in New Jersey, as some of the same sex marriage advocates suggest the polls indicate are in favor of it, then my position would not be the winning position but I'm willing to take that risk because I trust the people of the state," he continued in the interview.

The governor who was pressured by some conservatives to enter the GOP presidential field said that his personal position is guided by his Catholic faith and that he won't "compromise my principles for politics." He said his position should be no surprise to voters.

"Now that the legislature has passed that piece of legislation, then I will veto it because that's what I promised to do and that's what I think is the right thing to do," he said.

A proponent of civil unions rather than same-sex marriages, Christie said he separates his personal beliefs from his politics, and from his view that voters ought to decide this issue at the polls.

Christie adamantly and consistently said he would not enter the presidential race, and endorsed Mitt Romney in October 2011.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Faith • New Jersey • Same-sex marriage • TV-Piers Morgan
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. patNY

    Gov. Crispie Cream is such a treat!

    February 21, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know how there isn't the question of where his belief ends and politics start.

    February 21, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. patNY

    Last time NJ placed a civil right to a referendum was in 1915 when all the voters (only men could vote then) voted against giving women the right to vote. Hence, why we don't let the tyranny of the masses dictate the rights of the minority.

    February 21, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Taran

    Ummm, sorry Wire, but that does include the two wars, to quote another liberal "thanks for playing." Though I'm not 100% sure about the TARP, I'll have to research that to see if you are right or not.

    February 21, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Taran wrote:

    ...in February 2009, the national debt was $10,881,159,722,000. When Obama released his current budget earlier this week, the national debt was $15,359,441,622,000.
    Now, if you don't have your nifty debt calculator handy, that is an increase of more than $4.47 trillion.
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    You forget that FY2009 was GWB's budget, which had a projected deficit of $800 billion before he added the $700 billion TARP bailout.
    You forget that just before Pres. Obama handed in that budget (see, he does do budgets) the Congress had to vote to raise the debt ceiling to pay for unanticipated excess spending due to TARP, and revenue forecasts revised downward as jobs were lost.
    You forget that FY2010 was Obama's first budget, as well as the fact that FY2011 was the first budget that came from the Tea Party controlled House. Republicans blocked and filibustered any FY2011 budget because they wanted to wait until after the 2010 elections so they could write their own version. You forget that the Tea Party controlled House is also responsible for the FY2012 budget, and will be responsible for the FY2013 budget.

    In other words, you blame casting is blowing back into your face.

    February 21, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    "Christie is a typical "pass the buck" republican who blames everyone else for his failed leadership...." As Obama continues to blame bush and the previous administration over 3 years later?"

    I guess we can add the ability to compare and contrast to the long list of things you are incapable of. Stating a fact, as President Obama did/does is not the same as making a decision for purely political reasons, even while denying civil rights to a group. Big difference there. Too bad you can't see it.

    February 21, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. NYC REPUB

    He's keeping his options open for the VP slot.

    February 21, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Christie wants to be the Repub VP pick, so he's hedging his bets. Loser!

    February 21, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Robert

    Can we have a referendum on whether people weighing more than 300 pounds can get married? I mean, while genes may play a role in morbid obesity, you still have to put food in your mouth – that is CHOICE! I, along with millions of healthy Americans, find the morbidly obese lifestyle wrong and disgusting. The last thing I want to see is morbidly obese people adopting children and teaching them that this lifestyle is acceptable. Will Gov. Christie let New Jerseyans vote on this referendum?

    February 21, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. muslim2012

    what is the relation of the dead sea scrools and islam,..watch you tube..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAq_pFJfb1E&feature=watch_response

    February 21, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Nuwan

    The one thing I would ask from GOP is that keep your beliefs and faith to yourself but do not try to push it down in the throat of everyone by governing by Biblical views. This is hypocracy in a nation which is called to have religious freedom and a country founded on rights and freedom for everyone. We as a nation should be open and not closed to impose Biblical views and beliefs on others. There is no universal definition of marraige. It is only defined to be between man and a woman in the Bible. This goes to many other social issues that GOP are fighting for. We as a nation must reject injecting Christian ideology into governing and take a more open approach to server the people.

    February 21, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Gee?

    Cristie wan,ts to strip human rights from people, "Makes ya wonder what he would do if you abolished "Twinkies"???? LOL " Honey Buns" Wow" It must be lonely in that "Perfect little World of yours, and Santorums????

    February 21, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Scott

    Of course he thinks denying rights is "the right thing to do."
    Maybe someone should deny him a plate at the buffet table?
    Maybe someone should deny him a 8th serving of cake?
    Maybe someone should deny him babies to eat?
    Maybe someone should deny him the right to be a fat a$$?

    February 21, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. muslim2012

    the pesher text in the dead sea scrools agree with real christianity and islam and refute pauline{catholic} christianity.

    February 21, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Scott

    Did Gov. Fat Fatty "let the people decide" when he cancelled a tunnel from NY to NJ, and KEPT ALL THE MONEY FOR HIS FAT SELF??? This guy is a fat criminal who needs to just die of a heart attack already. Why Whitney and Michael but not Fatty Fat Fatty here?

    February 21, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    "You forget that FY2009 was GWB's budget, which had a projected deficit of $800 billion before he added the $700 billion TARP bailout.
    You forget that just before Pres. Obama handed in that budget (see, he does do budgets) the Congress had to vote to raise the debt ceiling to pay for unanticipated excess spending due to TARP, and revenue forecasts revised downward as jobs were lost.
    You forget that FY2010 was Obama's first budget, as well as the fact that FY2011 was the first budget that came from the Tea Party controlled House. Republicans blocked and filibustered any FY2011 budget because they wanted to wait until after the 2010 elections so they could write their own version. You forget that the Tea Party controlled House is also responsible for the FY2012 budget, and will be responsible for the FY2013 budget."
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    So according to you, what the hell is Obama responsible for? Nothing?????? Typical.

    February 21, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gov. McDonnell has better hair than Gov. Crisco, so he will be Mittens' pick.

    February 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why are the libtards and their gay/lesbian faction always trying to force their gay agenda down the throats of Americans? Do whatever you want to do but don't force the entire civilized world to re-define the word marriage. Call it whatever you want but it isn't marriage. Marriage has ALWAYS been between a man and a woman until the gay agenda started getting force fed to us. When I say I'm married, I don't want to feel forced to add, to a woman. Call your gay unions Gaydom! That way you'll have your own term and then people will not be upset with you perverting the meaning of the work marriage. Then work to get states to recognize Gaydom as equivalent to marriage if they wish to do so. I think you'd have more people on your side if you took this approach.

    February 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Liberals need to learn full court press when a politician is defending himself, because it means that he is losing the issue.

    February 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Taran

    @Rudy,,,don't think so. 4.9 trillion from bush in 8 years, 4.47 trillion from obama in under 4 years. Facts are facts and you can't argue with them no matter how hard you try.

    February 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. John in Brooklyn

    ONLY the Republicans would actually believe that we should EVER put CIVIL RIGHTS up to a popular vote.

    February 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lady Fair – Obama is responsible for a little over $3 trillion of our national debt, but comments from right wingnuts that he is also responsible for the last year of Bush is inane, almost Fox like. Republican presidents are responsible for $12 trillion of our debt.

    February 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Scott

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth seems to spend A LOT more time thinking about gay people than most gay people do. Maybe you should calm down with trying to rule over everyone. Do you really care what people in another state call marriage? Does it change your paycheck if the two men living in the next county get married? Just because you're a miserable (expletive deleted) doesn't mean you have to push your hate onto others. It's called EQUALITY. I know that's a big word for you, but try to look it up and see if it makes sense to you.

    February 21, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When are pubetards going to realize that America is strong because we are a diverse country.

    February 21, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "So according to you, what the hell is Obama responsible for? Nothing?????? Typical."

    What's typical is that you ignore three detailed paragraphs, none of which claimed President Obama was responsible for "nothing." If you can't acknowledge and comprehend words, why should anyone take you seriously?

    February 21, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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