Lotsa agita goin’ on these days Tone’
The Creature That Ate New Jersey,
having stuffed his foot in his mouth, is doubling down and ramming it in even further.
“Gov. Chris Christie this morning attempted to clarify statements me made about same-sex marriage and civil rights, but in the process called an openly gay assemblyman who was among the governor’s detractors “numbnuts.”
In calling for a voter referendum on gay marriage last week, the Republican governor said: “The fact of the matter is I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.”
In a Statehouse press conference today, he expanded on the statement: “The political climate in the South didn’t give them the option to have a referendum back then,” he said, adding later: “They wished they would have had the option, but the political climate did not permit it, meaning they would not win.”
Christie signaled out Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), one of two openly gay state lawmakers, as “numbnuts” for comparing him to infamous segregationalists.
“Govs. Lester Maddox and George Wallace would have found allies in Chris Christie over efforts by the Justice Department to end segregation in the South,” Gusciora said Thursday in a statement.”
Can’t tell if his nuts are numb from this pic
Maybe the Guv’ll give ‘em a lick and let us know.
“Christie also likened Democrats’ reaction to his original statement to what he called politically motivated overreactions to his comment last year that the press should “take a bat out” on Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). “It just shows how politically desperate the Democrats are,” he said.”
Here’s who Chris wanted beaten to death.
“This afternoon civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)”
“is scheduled – along with U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)”
“and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex)”
– for a press conference to discuss the original comments.
Holt in a phone interview today called Christie’s comment a “big blunder.”
“I just thought it was unbelievable, unreal,” he said. “He’s a lawyer, governor and not to know that putting the issue of civil rights – segregation and racial discrimination in the American south – to a vote? We would have never made it during the 40s, the 50s or the 60s. Most of the governors except for a few of the states were outright segregationist. And most of these states in the old confederacy, people of color could not register to vote.”
And when they tried to register the cops would take out a bat on them.
Here’s the young John Lewis getting beaten up for trying to register African-Americans to vote.
“A Georgia congressman who is widely regarded for his courage during the Civil Rights Movement is making a trip to New Jersey to discuss the right of gay couples to marry.
Rep. John Lewis will appear with Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and fellow Congressman Rush Holt at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Lewis was a Freedom Rider and student activist who was beaten for leading protests against racial discrimination. He will discuss a comment by Gov. Chris Christie insinuating that equal rights for minorities could have been gained through referendum rather than bloodshed.
Christie wants gay marriage put to a popular vote. The governor has vowed to veto the marriage bill making its way through the Legislature.
Democrats who control the Legislature say gay marriage is a civil right.”
Something tells me Governor Christie isn’t planning to “take out a bat” on Representative Lewis. I’m sure he’ll sound conciliatory. After all he’s thinking about running as Mittens’ VP
So I’m sure he’s writing off those intemperate remarks of his to “somethin’ I et.” Right Joan?