The youngest daughter of state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie's opponent in the November election, wrote a scathing letter today to Buono supporters on the governor's opposition to same-sex marriage. In it, Tessa Bitterman, a 22-year-old San Francisco resident following her mother's footsteps to law school, says she is a "gay American" and Christie is a "giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all."
Christie last year vetoed a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage, saying voters should decide in a referendum. But Democrats refused, saying civil rights shouldn't be put on the ballot.
Bitterman had been non-existent on the campaign trail up to this point. But she has surfaced during a major week for gay issues. In New Jersey, the Democratic Legislature is poised to send Christie a bill that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors. While gay conversion therapy -- in which therapists try to turn gays straight -- is not widespread in New Jersey, the issue will be seen as a litmus test of Christie's stance on gay issues.
In far more significant news this week, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on same-sex marriage.
Moments ago, I ran into Buono in the Statehouse cafeteria. She said it was her daughter's idea to send the letter, which she wrote on her own.
Here's the full text:
Growing up, my mom was always there for me no matter what. I’m gay and from an early age I felt free to express myself with my mother, knowing she would always support me for who I am.
As a gay American I have a stake in what our governor says about marriage equality. And I have been deeply shocked by Chris Christie. As governor, he has been a giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all. By failing to support marriage equality, Christie is blatantly delegitimizing an entire group of people.
I have also seen Chris Christie misrepresent himself as a moderate to New Jersey – that’s why it’s even more important to stop him before he takes his radical show on the road when he goes national after this election.
My mom is facing a huge deadline on June 30th at midnight. If we want to stop Christie – if we want to keep his politics of polarizing and dividing people from spreading beyond New Jersey – we’ve got to click here and donate to my mom’s campaign before the big deadline on Sunday.
Now that Christie is running for re-election, he is more than happy to try and portray himself as a moderate. But the truth is – his record scares me. It scares me because if he takes his brand of deception national, all Americans are in for a rude awakening.
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