Chris Christie: If Gay Couples Are Happy Being Married, I’m Happy
Chris Christie had some interesting comments on the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in his state:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday that he is happy for gay couples getting married in the state.
“I’m happy for them, if they’re happy,” Christie said in a Union City, N.J. press conference, noting his opinion was true regardless of gender.
When asked if he had an emotional reaction to same-sex couples being able to obtain marriage licenses in New Jersey, Christie said “not really.”
“I don’t get weepy” when reading the New York Times wedding announcements, Christie said. “I usually don’t have an emotional reaction to people getting married.”
As I’ve noted before, Christie has said that he personally opposes same-sex marriage, but is seemingly approaching the issue in a manner that recognizes the fact that, in many ways, the battle over marriage equality is heading toward an inevitable conclusion. Politically, this is likely to upset people on the far right who would prefer him to say something far less charitable, but it likely will appeal to more centrist Republicans who either support same-sex marriage or who, like him, oppose it but also don’t generally wish to crusade against it. As a general rule, that’s the kind of attitude Republicans ought to be adopting if they wish to remain relevant among younger voters and anywhere outside the Bible Belt.