The governor strongly disagrees with the court’s ruling
Governor Chris Christie has long been opposed to legalized same-sex marriage. CNN reports that as recently as his first public debate against Barbara Buono, he reaffirmed his commitment to traditional values. But it seems political realities are finally setting in, and there’s not much he, as governor, can do about it. Therefore, his administration has withdrawn their formal appeal contesting a state Supreme Court ruling ending New Jersey’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Christie has said time and again that he favors a public referendum -- i.e., ballot initiative -- to settle the issue once and for all, even though he personally believes marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Thus, he’s clearly unhappy with the court’s decision. But as governor, his spokesman Colin Reed said in a statement, he will always uphold and enforce the rule of law:
"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," Reed said. "The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court."