New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no fan of the Supreme Court’s takedown of the Defense of Marriage Act. On Wednesday night, Christie slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on Ask The Governor, a monthly call-in program with New Jersey’s 101.5 FM.
While on air, Christie called Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion “insulting” and stated that the Court acted without legal merit.
“I don’t think the ruling was appropriate. I think it was wrong. It’s typical of what you would see in the New Jersey Supreme Court. They, the court, without a basis or standing substituted their own judgment over the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President,” Christie said on air.
“It’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for. I thought it was a bad decision, but it has no effect on New Jersey.
Just last month, Christie vetoed a bill that would would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey. At the time, Christie said that because New Jersey already legalized same-sex civil unions, there was no point in allowing marriage for gay couples as well.
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"I have been just as 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,” Business Insider quotes Christie as saying in an explanation.
Despite Christie’s stance against same-sex marriage in New Jersey, it appears the governor is at odds with the majority of his constituents. According to Bloomberg, 60 percent of New Jersey residents support the measure, and the Asbury Park Press reports that lawmakers are working to overturn Christie’s veto.
Listen to Christie’s discussion on the Defense of Marriage Act below.