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Video: Gov. Christie Promises to Veto NJ SSM Bill "Swiftly"; Calls it "Political Theater"

 

Gov. Chris Christie was asked about efforts by New Jersey democrats to redefine marriage by saying "they won't get enough votes to override my veto".

He continues: "They know it and I know it. Yesterday was a good bunch of theater. That's all it was... We'll see what happens in the Assembly on Thursday. I would assume since they made this S1 and A1 that they're going to pass it. It would be an awful embarrassment if they didn't have the votes in the Assembly after they made this A1 ... but they'll be nowhere near the votes to override in either chamber. And so hopefully we can then move on from this issue. If they pass it on Thursday and send it to my desk, believe me I will take very swift action on the bill and then we can move on to the things New Jerseyeans say are most important to them, which is creating jobs, lowering taxes, and continuing the New Jersey comeback. And that's what we should be focused on and not the past month which really is an act of theater on their part because they know it's not going to happen."

To a follow-up question he responds: "Democrats assume that the Republicans who voted no [on same-sex marriage] didn't vote their conscience. I assume the Democrats who voted no last time [same-sex marriage was up for a vote] ... and voted yes this time I guess had a change of conscience or maybe their arms got twisted a little bit harder..."