Dear Marriage Supporter,
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has won the respect and trust of many on both sides of the political aisle with his straight talk, common sense, and fearlessness in taking on special interests.
That's why his comments on marriage last week were so troubling.
In 2009, Governor-elect Christie had this to say to a group of New Jersey Republicans:
"If a same-sex marriage bill comes to the desk of Governor Christie, it will be returned to the legislature with a big red veto across it. Because, one, I believe that and I made it very clear to people during the entire campaign that that was my position and so there will be no surprise for the 1.2 million people who voted for me that that was and that is my position." (read his full statement with video here)
But just last week, Governor Christie seemed to back down, suggesting he had not yet decided how he would handle a same-sex marriage bill if passed by the legislature, telling a reporter, "When forced to make a decision, if forced to make a decision on it, I'll make a decision."
Is he being coy? Is he backing away from his previous commitment?
Neither reaction is like the Governor Christie we've come to know and respect.
The outcome of any vote in the New Jersey legislature is still very much up in the air, and it's unlike Governor Christie to back down from a controversial issue. As Governor he has a bully pulpit to influence the outcome of what will be a very close vote in the legislature. And with many Republicans urging him to run for national office, he surely knows that becoming the first Republican governor to sign a same-sex marriage bill would be highly damaging to any future aspirations and to the integrity of the Republican Party.
Please take a moment today to send a message to Governor Christie. Click here to send your message right now.
Respectfully let him know that voters are looking to him as a man we can trust—a politician who keeps his word. He promised that if a same-sex marriage bill ever came to his desk, he'd give it the "big red veto," and we expect him to do just that if the same-sex marriage bill passes the legislature this year.
Then forward this message to five friends, especially your Republican friends or anyone you know who lives in New Jersey. Governor Christie needs to know just how much we respect his refreshingly upfront and honest approach to politics, and that we also expect him to keep his promise and be a man of his word when it comes to marriage.
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