New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) described yesterday’s vote in favor of marriage equality in the state Senate as “a good bunch of theater” and predicted that the legislature would not have the votes to override his promised veto of the bill, which would extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian residents in the states. “Yesterday was a good bunch of theater, but that’s all it was. It was theater,” Christie claimed in a press conference this afternoon, and said he expects the assembly to adopt the measure on Thursday. “It would be awfully embarrassing if they didn’t have enough votes in the assembly to pass it, after they made it day one. I’m assuming they will have the votes to pass it”:
CHRISTIE: They’re gonna be nowhere near the votes to override in either chamber. And so hopefully we can move on from this issue. If they pass it on Thursday and send it to my desk, believe me I will take very swift action on the bill and then we can move on to the things the people of New Jersey say are most important to them, which is creating jobs, lowering taxes and continuing the New Jersey comeback and not the last month that we spent, which really is an act of theater on their part because they know it’s not going to happen.
The Senate voted 24-16 to advance the bill, three votes short of the 27 necessary to override such a veto. New Jersey already offers same-sex civil unions, but a commission found in 2008 that “the Civil Union Act invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children.” Christie, who has previously said that he would like state residents to vote on the marriage rights of gay and lesbian couples, has claimed that he is offering LGBT equality advocates the “bargain of your life.”