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Refusing to Back Down on Gay Marriage Stance, Christie Rips Lawmaker With Slang Term

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is using a slang term to refer to an openly gay state lawmaker who compared him to former segregationist Southern governors — calling Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora "numb nuts."

Christie wants the issue of gay marriage put to a public vote. Democrats have criticized him for comments that people involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s would have been happier to put the matter to public vote than die on the streets of the South.

Christie says his comments have been misconstrued. He says it's clear that option would not have been available.

In a statement attacking the governor's comments, Gusciora says Christie would have found allies in late Alabama Gov. George Wallace and late Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, both segregationists.

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SteveV from New York

Well, what on earth did anyone expect? Mr. Christie is not, in any way, a "class act," in either appearance or manner. His resorting to derogatory slang to trash an opponent could hardly be a surprise. (Nowadays, it's what an awful lot of Republicans seem to do -- perhaps in the hope of getting free airplay on Fox News.)

Feb. 15 2012 05:31 AM
David Drolet from Hewitt (The Highlands), NJ

The Governor is never going to succeed in appealing to both the ultra-religious right in his national aspirations, and the moderate New Jersey electorate he actually represents. His demeaning reference to Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora is in the very old tradition here of pushing the gay uncle or auntie back in to the closet, while sometimes still calling them family.

This is not the behavior of someone aspiring to the highest office in the land. Let's keep it civil, Your Honor, and save your harsh tongue for those problems that still may bring New Jersey to the brink.

Jan. 31 2012 10:15 AM

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