Sarah Gonzalez, Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
During Tuesday night's debate with State Sen. Barbara Buono, Gov. Chris Christie would not commit to serving the full four years if he's re-elected in November and decides to run for President in 2016.
"I can walk and chew gum at the same time," Christie said. "I can do this job and also deal with my future. And that's exactly what I will do."
On the topic of same-sex marriages Christie, who nominated an openly gay mayor who supports marriage equality to the state Supreme Court, said he sill objects to legalizing it.
“I believe the institution of marriage for two-thousand years is between a man and a woman. If we’re going to change that core definition of marriage, I don’t think that should be decided by 125 politicians in Trenton. Or 7 judges on the supreme court. It should be decided by the 8.8 million people of New Jersey.”
Buono accused the Governor of taking this position to please Republicans as he eyes a run for President.
“I mean, Governor, have the courage. Do the right thing for our sons and our daughters, our brothers and our sisters. This is a human right and it really should not be on the ballot. We should not have the majority of people decide the minority’s rights.”
During the debate sponsored by Asbury Park Press and broadcast on CBS, the candidates were asked their music preferences. Between the choices of Bruce Springsteen and John Bon Jovi, Christie chose Springsteen. Buono said she preferred R&B and Beyonce.
The next debate between the two candidates is next Tuesday – October 15.