TRENTON – The assemblyman who was a prime sponsor of the same-sex marriage law criticized Gov. Christie’s conditional veto of the bill.
“He has been taking care of all of the Tea-Baggers. I guess now he is trying to cater to the liberal wing of the Republican Party,’’ said Reed Gusciora, (D-15), Trenton, in reaction to the governor’s call late today for creation of a post of Ombudsman of Civil Unions.
“I think it’s unfortunate he plays into the prejudices of people who don’t want gays and lesbians to enjoy the same benefits of other people.”
“He wants to create more government,’’ Gusciora said. “He wants to create more bureaucracy,” he said in reference to the idea of creating a new post.
Gusciora also expressed some confusion over Christie’s talk about amending the state Constitution.
“Marriage equality was never about amending the Constitution,’’ Gusciora said. “It was just about updating the marriage statute.
He also sounded philosophical about this setback.
“We could try for an override,’’ Gusciora said, “but this at least advances the ball. We have an opportunity to educate more members.”