New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled a Nicole Scherzinger today.
The former Pussy Cat Doll front woman, a judge on “The X Factor,” a singing competition airing on FOX, was at the center of the most controversial moment during the reality show’s first season when she could not bring herself to choose between two contestants, tearfully punting the decision to the viewing public.
Christie, a Republican, pulled the political equivalent when he vetoed a bill that would have allowed homosexual couples to lawfully wed in Garden State while, at the same time, calling upon Jersey’s Democrat-legislature to put a referendum on same-sex marriage on the state’s November ballot.
“I am adhering to what I’ve said since this bill was first introduced,” Christie stated, in his veto message. “An issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide.”
Christie is dressing himself up as a populist, who seeks only to do the people’s will. But the reality is the governor is trying to serve two masters – the homosexual lobby and the Christian evangelical community.
His wishy-washyness certainly hasn’t won him the favor of Jersey gays and lesbians.
The governor’s veto, said Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace, one of two openly homosexual members of the state’s Legislature, “makes it clear, in uncertain terms, that he doesn’t think my family, and thousands of others, are equal in the eyes of the law.”
The Garden State’s social conservatives can’t be especially pleased with the governor either.
Not when his veto statement declared that he is “adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples – as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits.”
If Christie, a Roman Catholic, actually feels that way, he should have just manned up and signed the Jersey same-sex marriage bill.
He would have lost the political support of this Christian evangelical. But at least I would have respected him for standing on principle.