In a move that’s sure to keep people talking on both sides of the ideological divide, Save Jerseyans, Governor Chris Christie’s office announced on Monday morning that it will no longer pursue its appeal of last month Mercer County Superior Court decision legalizing same sex marriages in New Jerseyans.
Today marks the first day that gay marriage is legal in the Garden State. New Jersey is now the 14th state to legalize gay marriage.
“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,” said a spokesman for the Administration. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
The political calculus behind the Guv’s decision is equally unambiguous. As we’ve seen in other states, once gay marriages are performed, virtually no court will undo them in a liberty vs. public interest balancing test. The Governor has little to gain from the exercise at this point.