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Opponent’s Daughter Hits Christie on Gay Marriage

by Angela Delli Santi
Monday Jun 24, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- The gay daughter of New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono criticized Gov. Chris Christie on Monday for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Tessa Bitterman sent an email to her mother’s supporters saying she has a stake in the election because she is a gay American. Buono, a Democrat, supports same-sex marriage. The governor, a Republican, does not.

"As governor, he has been a giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all," she wrote.

Christie vetoed a gay marriage bill last year. Democrats have since said they plan to try for an override, but haven’t yet done so. They have never been successful at overriding a Christie veto, which would require some Republican support.

Christie has suggested putting the question to voters, but most Democrats reject that idea.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat who was opposed to gay marriage in 2010 but has said he now regrets that decision and supports it, has previously refused to put the question to voters. He has said same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue that does not belong on the ballot.

Bitterman said Christie has misrepresented himself as a moderate. She said his record scares her, especially because he may run for national office.

Christie has a commanding lead over Buono in public opinion polls. He is considering a run for president in 2016, and wants to rack up big numbers against the lesser-known Buono that could bolster his chances nationally.

Christie’s campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment Monday.

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  • BlondieSL, 2013-06-25 06:01:47

    I sincerely hope that the repubicans lose EVERY SINGLE Presidential election in the future. I hope that the people keep sending a clear and consistent message that America cannot keep claiming to be a fee and open society when members of said society are still discriminated against. .. if even by one state. I don’t really expect it, but it would be great if the supreme court’s decision this week would make all discrimination against the Gay community illegal on a FEDERAL basis.

  • Anonymous, 2013-06-25 09:39:22

    Christie is a biggot and a meathead. How dare he veto that bill. I hope he loses because he is a loser!

  • WayGay, 2013-06-25 10:55:59

    Sadly he has his fake-love-of-NJ sales pitch pretty well polished. Probably more likely to hope for heart failure.

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