Poised to veto marriage equality legislation, Christie calls yesterday ‘a good bunch of theater’

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie denounced the legislature’s passage Monday of a marriage equality bill as the epitome of play-acting.

“Yesterday was a good bunch of theater,” the governor said of the Democrats’ (and two Republicans’) commanding 24-16 win in the Senate. “It’s an act of theater because they know it’s not going to happen.”

The bill goes to the Assembly on Thursday, after which Christie swears he will veto the legislation.

“I would assume they’re going to pass it (in the Assembly),” said Christie. “It would be an awful embarrassment if they didn’t pass it.

Once he vetoes marriage equality the state can return to more pressing issues, the governor said.

“We can move on to the things in the state that people in New Jersey say are most important,” said Christie, i.e. lower property taxes and creating jobs.

Christie criticized those participants who characterized support for marriage equality as the morally correct thing to do, and seemed to criticize senators who switched from nay to aye votes in three years.

“Democrats assume that the Republicans who voted no didn’t vote their conscience,” Christie said. “I would assume they (Democrats who switched) had a change of conscience or maybe their arms got twisted a little harder.”

Poised to veto marriage equality legislation, Christie calls yesterday ‘a good bunch of theater’