I would like to think Gov. Christie saw the writing on the wall.
Last night, one of our local news affiliates covered the first legal same-sex marriage in New Jersey. It took place in Lambertville, a small gay-friendly town across the bridge from New Hope in Pennsylvania -- another famously gay-friendly town. It was so wonderful to see the friends and family there to support their loved ones. And this morning, Gov. Christie announced he will drop his appeal of the legal ruling that allowed the marriage. I think maybe he figured out he's on the wrong side of history:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn an appeal of a ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in the Garden State.
Christie, a Republican, asked Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to drop the appeal and a formal letter of withdrawal was sent to the state Supreme Court on Monday morning.
“Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” read a statement from Christie’s office. “The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize gay marriage following the court ruling. Christie, a top possible 2016 candidate, had previously sought to hold off implementing the ruling, a request denied by the state Supreme Court.
Meantime, Sen.-elect Cory Booker (D-N.J.) officiated at several same-sex weddings early on Monday at Newark City Hall.