A New Jersey high school senior whose eloquent coming out video has gone viral is challenging Gov. Christie to outlaw "conversion" therapy for gay youth.
A Change.org petition originated by Jacob Rudolph, 18, of Parsippany, Morris County, urges the governor to support a bill prohibiting minors from "therapy" programs purported to change homosexuals into heterosexuals. More than 27,000 people have signed the petition so far.
Change.org issued a news release promoting the petition and the video -- which since January 21 has attracted more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube -- on Tuesday. The same day, the indefatigable media colossus in Christie's office unleashed another of its cinematic productions, this one a "teaser" for the governor's budget address.
(The Christie spot featured uplifting music and graphics; it looked rather like a teaser for an upcoming gubernatorial campaign commercial. But never mind...)