After tabulating ballots submitted from all across the Garden State, the accounting firm of Weagh, Cheatham & Howe announced this year’s winner of the coveted Pontius Pilate Basin of Water Award, a dubious encomium bestowed upon the political executive whose moral cowardice and utter lack of leadership backbone most closely emulate that of Pontius Pilate, the governor of Roman-occupied Judea who, rather than assert his authority and free an obviously innocent man, put the prisoner’s fate into the hands of an angry rabble and literally washed his hands of the matter.
And the winner is…New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who announced that he will veto any legislation passed by the New Jersey Assembly that legalizes same-sex marriage – not because it’s the right thing to do but rather because he believes the matter ought to be decided by a plebiscite in the form of a statewide referendum.
The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage on Thursday, sending the bill to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a possible vice-presidential candidate who has promised to veto the measure.
The Assembly vote of 42 to 33 followed Senate approval on Monday and increased the scrutiny on Christie, a supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who has attempted to deflect controversy by saying the matter should be settled by voters in a referendum.
Both chambers lack the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto by Christie blocking gay marriage, a hot-button social issue that is gaining traction in the 2012 U.S. presidential election campaign.
Although Christie claims to be a conservative who cleaves to conservative values and principles, his words and actions of late betray who and what he really is: an opportunistic RINO squish who will say and do anything to continue occupying the moderate high ground – ostensibly out of the reach of either the Right or the Left.
Admittedly, his tactic is a clever one: by vetoing the bill, he is able to maintain the illusion that he is a defender of traditional marriage; by insisting the matter be settled through a referendum that will likely result in approval (by a margin of 60%, New Jersey residents have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama), he will deflect criticism from the Left by noting that true democracy prevailed. At the same time, he can deflect criticism from the Right by shrugging his shoulders and claiming that it was not he who legalized same-sex marriage, but rather, the unwashed masses over whom he has no control.
Much like the Roman governor, the New Jersey governor is washing his hands of the matter and placing both the credit and the blame on the electorate. And this is the man Ann Coulter believes to be the best candidate of all for President of the United States.
Good grief…this state is every bit as doomed as this republic.