Christie has also not done himself any favors with his treatment of the conservative wing of the Party. He recently chose to spend time with the Clintons over speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. He also declared himself “a damn good Republican” to NBC in the face of conservative criticism, when a more tactful response would have likely helped smooth the waters.
Perhaps now, Governor Christie is trying to make amends to the millions of conservatives he has alienated. Within hours of the Supreme Court ruling, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Governor Christie lambasted the decision as a perfect example of “judicial supremacy.” He also voiced his opinion that the Court got it wrong and that it was very similar to the problems seen in the court system in New Jersey’s courts where the judges regularly overreach as well.
He also complained that Justice Kennedy’s opinion seemed to cast moral aspersions on President Clinton and the Republican Congress who passed DOMA into law.
“He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for.”
While Christie was defending President Clinton, Clinton himself was praising the courts decision. Governor Christie, who has called for a referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey, also clarified his own position:
“I’ve made it very clear since 2009 that I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. I’ve said that, I ran on that, I’ve said it consistently. That doesn’t mean, in any way shape or form, that I have anything against folks who are homosexual.”
Christie has argued before that gay marriage should be left up to the people of each state, and that they should all have the opportunity to vote on the matter. Democrat New Jersey legislators have fought putting gay marriage on the ballot for fear that even in the liberal bastion of New Jersey, the effort to legalize gay marriage would fail.
With Christie’s dramatic attack on the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling I wonder if conservatives will give him a second look when considering him for the Presidency in 2016.
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