You may have heard of Chris Christie since Hurricane Sandy, even if you don’t live in or around New Jersey. He actually did quite a good job during the disaster and with recovery. He’s also predicted to be a Presidential candidate 2016, or at least a Republican Primary candidate. And he actively vetoed gay marriage in New Jersey when it passed both the state House and Senate. Not a good guy for gay marriage in my books, and apparently not a good guy in Tessa Bitterman’s either.
Tessa Bitterman, a 22-year-old law student currently residing in San Francisco for school, is Barbara Buono’s daughter. Buono, a Democrat, is running for New Jersey Governor against Chris Christie in our Gubernatorial Election this coming November. And Tessa Bitterman is gay, which means she is still unequal to straight citizens in the eyes of New Jersey law.
Basically, Bitterman rips Christie a new one and tells everyone to chip in and support her mom. In the email, Bitterman writes:
As a gay American I have a stake in what our governor says about marriage equality. And I have been deeply shocked by Chris Christie. As governor, he has been a giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all. By failing to support marriage equality, Christie is blatantly delegitimizing an entire group of people.
Buono has publicly said she supports legalizing gay marriage. She is also the author of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Law, which requires Jersey school districts to implement anti-harassment and bullying prevention policies. Christie’s record. on the other hand, inspires fear in Bitterman:
Now that Christie is running for re-election, he is more than happy to try and portray himself as a moderate. But the truth is – his record scares me. It scares me because if he takes his brand of deception national, all Americans are in for a rude awakening.
This youtube video, along with the email sent out to Buono supporters, stresses the importance of the upcoming November election because a Christie victory will directly affect his chances in 2016, should that happen. This isn’t just a New Jersey fight – it’s a U.S. fight. And the writing is on the wall – the majority of U.S. citizens favor gay marriage.
I have tried to find flaw with the arguments in this video and email, but I can’t. As good at bipartisan politics as Chris Christie seems to be, he was literally the only thing that stopped marriage equality in New Jersey. If he had just signed the bill, queer New Jerseyans would be seen as equal under this particular law. This veto is one of the reasons that I left New Jersey. Compared to some of the more radical Republicans, Christie is in fact a moderate, but I think the argument here is that he’s not moderate enough and that it’s all relative.