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Christie Supports Traditional Marriage With Veto

weddingpic_optBY MICHAEL HAYNE 

We're well aware of Gov. Christie's opposition to same-sex marriage, but it seems that Christie dislikes speedy weddings too.

Gov. Christie vetoed a bill (S2399) that was designed to eliminate the state’s three-day waiting period for marriage licenses, saying it would allow couples to rush into weddings "on a mere whim.” Perhaps the governor would approve of the measure if drive-through marriages came with french fries?

The bill’s sponsors believed that the changes would help make New Jersey a destination wedding location, and help revitalize shore towns like Atlantic City and Cape May with the type of instant wedding chapels reminiscent of Vegas. But Christie isn't impressed.

“Entering into a marriage or a civil union is among the most important and life-altering decisions in a couple’s life,” Christie said in his veto message. “The choice requires careful deliberation and thoughtful consideration. Sadly, we are all too familiar with the numerous public examples of unwise unions portrayed daily on reality television series and in the tabloid press.” (

Again, the bill really needed to include french fries with all drive through weddings.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), one of the bill's primary sponsors, said he was "shocked" that Christie vetoed it. Scutari said Christie's staff told him the governor objected to the fee increase and annulment provision in the previous version of the bill, and that he thought the governor would sign it without them.

"I just can't understand why a bill that would not only promote marriage but would also promote economic expansion of our tourism industry would be vetoed," said Scutari. "The shore particularly needs this now more than ever." (

The idea behind the bill was to eliminate the unnecessary money that couples have to spend during the "three day" waiting period, while also proving a much needed boost to the state's fragile Post-Sandy economy.

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