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Christie Calls Gay NJ Lawmaker ‘Numb Nuts’ After Comparison To Segregationist Governors

Gay Marriage Debate Takes Unexpected Turn As Gov, Assemblyman Do Battle

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The gay marriage debate in New Jersey is heating up and has fueled plenty of name-calling.

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie referred to an openly-gay state lawmaker as “numb nuts” after that Democratic Assemblyman compared him to two former segregationist governors from the South.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), who is a sponsor of marriage equality legislation in the Garden State, was upset by Christie’s suggestion that gay marriage should be a ballot question instead of being legislated in Trenton.

Christie was also criticized for saying “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.”

Gusciora responded to Christie’s suggestion, saying it was “very disturbing.”

“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. It took a lot of bravery by a lot of people, including elected officials, to stand up for what was right and protect equal rights in this nation,” Gusciora said in a statement last Thursday.

For his part, Christie said those comments were misconstrued and that it was clear such an option would not have been available for those fighting for justice during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s because the “political climate in the South didn’t give them the option.”

“You have numb nuts like Reed Gusciora, who put out a statement comparing me to George Wallace and Lester Maddox. Now, come on guys, at some point, you’ve got be able to call B.S. on those kind of press releases,” Christie said.

Gusciora took the “numb nuts” label in stride and apparently wasn’t all that offended.  Instead, he chose to focus on the topic of gay marriage during an interview with 1010 WINS on Monday.

“I’ll take the governor’s comment as Jersey talk for a term of endearment. But nonetheless, by not enacting marriage equality in the state, you render gays and lesbians to second-class citizens,” Gusciora said.

Gusciora said he believes Christie “knows better,” but is “auditioning for the vice presidency.”

“The governor has said that segregation law should’ve been put up for the ballot, but back then, had it been put to the ballot, I think people in the South would have overwhelming supported the segregation laws,” Gusciora said.

Christie has vowed to veto gay marriage legislation that is currently under consideration in the state Legislature.

What do you make of the name-calling?  Do you think New Jersey will adopt gay marriage legislation?

Comments

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  1. Deborah Jeffries says:

    HOW DOES CHRISTIE FIT IN A BATHROOM? HOW DOES HE REACH HIS BUTT TO WIPE? WOULDN’T THE TOILET BREAK UNDER ALL THAT WEIGHT?

  2. Deborah Jeffries says:

    I WONDER HOW HAM HOCK’S (CHRISTIE) WIFE FOUND HIS NUTS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO FATHER CHILDREN UNDER A THOUSAND LAYERS OF BLUBBER?

  3. CMM says:

    At least RG can see his nuts

  4. Deborah Jeffries says:

    THIS MAN IS A BIG FAT SLOB GUT. WHAT’S AMAZING IS THE MACK TRUCK FATHERED CHILDREN. THEY MAKE MATTRESSES THAT BIG THAT HE COULDN’T BREAK? HIS WIFE HAD TO BE ON TOP!

  5. Deborah Jeffries says:

    HAM, PORK, HAM HOCK, FAT BACK, LARD. IF GOVERNOR CHRISTIE KEEPS EATING, THERE WON’T BE ROOM LEFT FOR THE REST OF US! A CRISIS BIGGER THAN GLOBAL WARMING! EEK, OMG!

  6. jerseyjoey says:

    Didnt this idiot just appoint a flaming hoagie smoker in some office in an article on this site last week now he calls em numb nuts, he is an baffone. Bottom line is either you ruin your social moral structure or you dont but you cant make e1 happy so majority rule, i say boot them back into thier stinking closet and burn down the house.

    1. Barney Feif says:

      Jersey Joey needs to learn how to spell so,however, as for the “numb nut” remark, go Governor Christie! What is the Assemblyman so worried about that he would not want a referendum on the gay rights’ issue? The issue of black rights and gay rights are two totally different ones — enslaved persons were brought to the U.S. against their wills and utilized as slaves, often being beaten and treated poorly. SO NOT with gays – let it go to a vote! GOOD FOR YOU, GOVERNOR CHRISTIE!

  7. jadez says:

    fat mouth crisco is just a bully who uses these effeminate outbursts to endear him to the racists in the republican party.

    and btw..passing civil rights by voting is EXACTLY what racists would do knowing NO STATE in the country votes more then 30% non white.
    so of course this is a racist idea.

  8. VY says:

    Last time the voters of NJ had the chance to vote on an extension of civil rights to additional people was 1915 when the voters had a chance to extend voting rights to WOMEN.
    IT FAILED, and the women of NJ had to wait until the US Constitution was changed to give women the vote.
    With a record like that, why would anyone put a question of extending the civil rights and privledges that come with a legally sanctioned marriage to additional citizens in front of voters?
    Maybe because elected officials are spineless, including the govenor.

    1. EQ says:

      BTW, NJ was the last state to abolish slavery. Things that make you go hmmmm.

  9. MaxineRules says:

    And once again, Lard Ass throws his substantial weight around to silence his critics. Shouldn’t he have a “Wide Load” signs to warn people to clear a path? He called someone numb nuts – hell, he hasn’t seen his nuts in so long he forgot what they looked like! Two words: Diet NOW!! Glad he’s not governor of my state – he’s a total dilhole!!

  10. EQ says:

    nobody is holding you back. bye bye!

    1. MaxineRules says:

      Exactly! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  11. eq says:

    I can certainly believe that! LMAO

  12. RoyAllen says:

    As usual,the Governors mouth starts working before his brain does,what an ass he is,not to mention the King of the hypocrites…Just look at his 40+ appointents of Political hacks to jobs at the Port Authority

  13. EQ says:

    Chris Christie is a self hating fat bully! Just like his eating habits, he can’t control his words. Seems to me he has a problem with his big fat mouth, he can’t control what he puts in or spews out! PIG

  14. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

    Joey Bag of Donuts needs to cut down on his daily intake of carbs….it looks like he has gained weight since becoming Governor. He must be eating well at the public trough.

  15. Bernard J. Fife says:

    “On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie referred to an openly-gay state lawmaker as “numb nuts” after that Democratic Assemblyman compared him to Ralph Kramden.” Lighten up Fatso … you can’t expect to eat at Hong Kong Gardens every night and not have folks notice that you are morbidly OBESE!!! Ha-ha-ha …

  16. Larry Schwarz says:

    If Christie (god forbid) ever became President we would be at war with Canada.He always has to insult people who do not agree with him.The fact is a gay couple need to cross one of The Hudson river crossings into NY state where it is legal.If two consenting adults want to get married as long as they are not trampling on others peoples rights,what business is it of Govt to tell them they can not.If you put it on the ballot it will fail.Then it will blow up in Christies face just like prop 8 did with federal lawsuits filed.If Christie does not like gay marriage,then he does not have to marry a gay.But with all due respect to the Gov,this is none of his business.

    1. Lou says:

      “Then it will blow up in Christies face just like prop 8 did with federal lawsuits filed.”

      Ugh, Prop 8 was a BAN on gay marriage. What Christie is proposing is the exact opposite, a ballot question that if passed would ALLOW gay marriage. If it failed, it would never go anywhere, much less the Supreme Court. You can’t bring lawsuits against failed laws.

      Your comparison makes no sense. Christie is offering a very fair compromise. If the people of NJ vote for it (the PEOPLE, not legislators!) then it will be state law despite his misgivings.

    2. Jersey Watcher says:

      Hey, Larry –
      The Government has a right to tell them what to do as long as it costs the people of the United States of American (you’re one of them, stupid) money to pay settlements for those who are married and gay as well as those who are “natural” and not gay. Get your facts straight:

  17. ed says:

    It is LONG OVER DUE that choices in our Laws, Regulations and even Culture be on the ballot. Allow Citizens to determine their fate and not
    lobbyists or “special groups”.

    Let New Jersey Citizens VOTE on what constitutes Marriage and every other aspect of our lives. STOP special interest groups from forcing their agenda on the rest of us. ALLOW A VOTE!

  18. Honest Rob says:

    Linda – Jesus said do unto others – or are you conveniently forgetting that.

  19. Jewels says:

    Christie needs to invest in indusyrial strength “DUCK TAPE”!

    1. orville says:

      Jewels,
      You need some duct tape for your mouth unless you are talking our you A–.

  20. mpm says:

    how about a law that obese blowhards should not be allowed to marry and reproduce. It is not a whole lot different than disallowing loving couples who may be gay to marry

    1. JMT says:

      The weight can be lost easily. Try Adderall and/or Ritalin

  21. Linda Elsey says:

    Of course the voters should have a say on how and what they want for their state. New York should have done the same but knew it wouldn’t pass so the politicians brought it in the backdoor, no pun intended. God said, “Go forth and procreate”, not go forth and desecrate.

    1. Angelica says:

      Then by your statement, women or men who cannot procreate should not be allowed to marry.

      1. Michael H. says:

        Stop it with your liberal facts and logic. They have no place here in god’s america!

        1. EQ says:

          The “people America” I love my God and everyone has a right to love theirs.
          God is in your heart not on the ballot!

        2. Jersey Watcher says:

          Linda is CORRECT! A Civil Union is NOT the same, nor should it be treated as the same as a marriage! Go Gov. Christie! And yes, unfortunately, New York should have offered the same so the Democratic politicians brought it in the backdoor. So many of you commenters don’t like Gov. Christie because he’s blunt and if you don’t like what he has to say, you certainly have no right to personally attack him on his weight and the other personal issues that he is entitled to. Jers

  22. Do hate DOT says:

    Both of them are Big gay PPPP IIIII GGGGGS.

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