LITTLE FERRY – Gov. Chris Christie says there’s a disconnect between Democratic lawmakers’ willingness to put a minimum wage hike question on the November ballot but not a question on gay marriage.
The governor told reporters today he still supports putting the question of gay marriage before voters, arguing he does not understand why Democrats won’t pass a bill in the Legislature that would allow the question to appear.
“They want to amend the Constitution to set a particular wage in the Constitution, yet they don’t want the Constitution – which is the document that contains the delineation of rights and liberties – to be amended to address whether or not a particular class of folks in our state deserve certain rights,” Christie said.
The governor said that he, “unlike the Democrats who don’t trust the voters,” is perfectly comfortable with letting voters decide.
“See, this is what I find interesting. They trust the voters to make a decision on minimum wage, but they don’t trust the voters to make a decision on gay marriage. I don’t understand,” Christie said. “What’s the difference between the two?”
During earlier legislative hearings on same-sex marriage, Senate President Steve Sweeney had said he was not in favor of putting civil rights issues up to a popular vote.