With Maine, Washington, and Maryland all approving ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage and with neighboring New York’s governor approving it a year ago, New Jersey is looking like Alabama. And since Gov Christie previously vetoed gay marriage and has been less than positive on the issue, NJ Gay Rights Groups are giving Cory Booker, a very visible supporter of gay marriage, an extra incentive to run.
For example, Steven Goldstein, the head of Garden State Equality, the state's largest gay rights advocate, said he's prepared to go “door to door from New Jersey to West Hollywood to raise millions of dollars” for a Booker campaign.
“Like few others, Cory Booker manages to capture the imagination of the LGBT community from all over the country, and from all walks of life,” Human Rights Campaign (HRC) spokesman Fred Sainz told the Star-Ledger. “I would suspect a wide diversity of Americans would support his campaign and help get him the resources he needs to win.”
Christie, who came into his own during and after Sandy, and who has been throwing the Republican crazies under the crazy train, is as popular in N.J. as road rage. He could very well throw caution to the wind (powered by Teabagger hatred of everything) and wind up coming out in favor of gay marriage or softening his stance. After all, the amount of man hugs he would receive from his Springsteen idol, a huge supporter of gay rights, would make Christie look like he were in a civil union with the longtime Jersey rocker. That Booker has yet to annouce his intentions and with New Jersey still recovering from Sandy, it’s still too early to say.
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