TRENTON – Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, (D-15), Trenton said this afternoon he stands by his criticism of the civil rights remarks made by Gov. Chris Christie, who singled out the openly gay lawmaker this morning by calling him “numbnuts.”
“The governor constantly reverts to name calling when he is unable to address issues on their merits,” Gusciora said.
“The fact is the governor’s opposition to the civil right of marriage equality is comparable to others who opposed other civil rights. I stand by my earlier statement. If he doesn’t like the comparison, then he should change his position on marriage equality and sign the bill into law.”
Christie said Gusciora had compared him to previous Southern governors like Lester Maddox and George Wallace.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the marriage equality bill. An Assembly committee will hear the bill this week.
At a town hall last week, Christie had suggested that rather than legislating gay marriage, it should be placed on the ballot as a referendum, and he made a remark that Civil Rights advocates in the South would have liked to have had the chance for a referendum.