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POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 4:10 PM
Gov. Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno introduce New Jersey Supreme Court nominees Phillip H. Kwon, far left, and Bruce A. Harris, far right. (Tim Larsen/Governor's Office) (AP PHOTO / Governor's Office)

Updated at 5:31 p.m.

Gov. Christie spent much of yesterday trying to explain his controversial comments about civil rights and gay marriage, which we reported here. In the process, he called a legislator who favors gay marriage "numb nuts" for comparing the gov to segregationist governors.

But lost in all that might have been revelations about his two nominees to the Supreme Court. One, Bruce Harris, is a gay black Republican who has told Christie that he will recuse himself if the issue of gay marriage comes before the court because he has advocated for it in the past, Christie said yesterday. 

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:31 PM
Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, a gay-rights group that pushed for the measure signed by Gov. Christie last January, said lawmakers could make changes quickly to keep the law in force.

UPDATE: On Tuesday night, the day after this post, Christie apologized.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), a legend of the civil rights era, will join Democrats in Trenton this afternoon to denounce Gov. Christie's remark that 1960s-era activists would have been been happy to have rights for African Americans decided by Southern voters.

"To me it's unreal, it's unbelievable, that he would suggest that those of us involved in the civil rights movement use referendum to end discrimination," Lewis said in an interview this morning. "If we had been waiting on referendum to bringing down those signs that said, 'White Men,' 'Colored Men,' 'White Women,' 'Colored Women'...we’d probably still be waiting."

POSTED: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 5:19 PM

In case you missed it, I went to Washington, DC last week to check out the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce "congressional dinner." This is what I found...

WASHINGTON - Once a year, the people who run New Jersey take a walk to the nation's capital to hear the governor speak at a special congressional dinner.

Or do they?

POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 9:21 AM
Gov. Christie addresses a joint session of the New Jersey Assembly earlier this month as he gives his State of the State address. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) are behind him. (Michael Bryant / Staff photographer )

In the wake of the gov's announcement that he plans to veto any gay marriage legislation and instead seeks to put the question to the voters as a ballot referendum, Democrats are in an uproar.

Yes, they hate the proposal. But they're really angry over the words he used to sell it. (This is often the dynamic with this governor, see here and here.)

Dems are against the referendum concept because they say civil rights matters cannot be left to the masses -- only legislators should right societal wrongs and enact marriage equality. Yet what has them furious -- or "apoplectic," as PolitickerNJ called it, and "stunned," as the Star-Ledger said -- are the words Christie used Tuesday in the news conference when he made his announcement.

POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 8:41 PM
Gov. Christie, pictured on Wednesday when he announced his plan, with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Sol J. Barer, chairman of the UMDNJ advisory committee, to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University. (Mel Evans, Associated Press) (MEL EVANS / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON - Without uttering the words "gay marriage," Gov. Christie delivered a fiery attack on Democrats for pushing ahead with a same-sex marriage bill when the state should be focused on job creation.

Christie used the annual New Jersey Chamber Of Commerce dinner in Washington DC, where he was keynote speaker, to trash legislative Democrats -- even though few, if any, were in attendance. 

The annual dinner is really a two-day event that begins with a chartered, alcohol-themed train ride from the north (I got on in Philly) and culminates with a series of speeches from New Jersey politicians. Generally, the state's two senators and a congressman speak; this year, it was just the Christie show. And neither Sens. Frank Lautenberg nor Robert Menendez -- Democrats who despise the governor -- even attended the dinner.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 1:21 PM
Christie at a town hall meeting earlier this month in Voorhees. (SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: For the full story in today's paper, click here.

As Democrats held a hearing this afternoon in Trenton on a gay marriage bill, Republican Gov. Christie held a press conference in Bridgewater with a surprise announcement: He wants the gay marriage question put on the November ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment.


POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:32 PM

UPDATE: For the full story in today's paper, click here.

New Jersey will seat its first gay Supreme Court justice and first Asian-American justice if two nominees offered by Gov. Christie are confirmed by the state senate.

The nominees are Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris, believed to be the only gay African-American Republican mayor in the country, and Phillip Kwon, a Korean-American immigrant who is the state's First Assistant Attorney General and was involved in the prosecution of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.


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POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 6:31 PM
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reacts as she walks on stage before speaking to Tea Party members during the Restoring America event, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP)

Now this could get quite entertaining.

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor/vice presdiential candidate/reality star, defends Newt Gingrich in a 10 p.m. interview tonight on Fox Business Network by going after Gov. Christie.

She calls Christie's statement on "Meet The Press" yesterday that Gingrich is an "embarrassment" to the Republican party a "rookie mistake." (For the record, Palin was governor for a few months longer than Christie has been in office -- then she resigned.) 

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