So what impact does yesterday’s decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court that have on the Senate race?
The immediate analysis, from both camps, is – not much. Though the court’s ruling is in many ways monumental, it leaves the question of marriage to the state legislature. That takes pressure off the two candidates, who only have to worry about the next two weeks. Plus, everyone pretty much knows where the two candidates stand on gay rights.
Tom Kean’s spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbacker, reminded that “Tom unequivocally believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Tom believes it should remain that way. He supports preserving the traditional definition of marriage. And that’s the main difference between him and Bob Menendez.”
Well, sort of. While Bob Menendez supports civil unions for same sex couples, he has also said that marriage should be reserved for unions between men and women.
So, in the meantime, the race in New Jersey rolls on with Kean taking a break for a few minutes today from his attacks against Menendez (“Raising YOUR Taxes to Line the Pockets of HIS Special Interests) to release a sort-of-positive television ad.