When you run for president, as Chris Christie seems to be doing, you make a lot of appearances, you give a ton of speeches, and if you're a governor you sign/veto a lot of bills. These actions help define you for the voting public.
So with his obvious hat in the ring, the New Jersey governor was bound to come under some review of his actions. That investigation shines light onto the candidates thinking and thus we can make an informed decision on who or what they stand for. Consistency is good. Hypocrisy is bad.
You must be the judge whether these two actions by the leader of his state jibe or are just jive.
Governor Chris Christie vetoes the New Jersey Gay Marriage Act on my birthday, 2012.
Mr. Christie is Roman Catholic and has long said he opposes same-sex marriage. And he is a Republican with his eye on the national stage, where conservative voters still have tremendous influence.
This sounds to me like he's a man of religious convictions over his constitutional political obligations. He''s choosing the church over state. But, he made a choice and from that we can draw a conclusion. The Pope and Christie's church rule his state.
Or do they?
Monday of this week, the governor signed a gay conversion therapy ban in the Garden State, becoming the second state (California being the first) to sign such legislation.
Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith.
So now he claims homosexuality is not a crime after all. If it's not a crime, would he sign a same-sex marriage law if presented to him again? He says he's not sure. Really? Even after the SCOTUS struck down DOMA? He's not sure?
If he's not a hypocrite, then maybe he's just a smooth double-talker. Is that what we need as the country's commander in chief?
Maybe Christie isn't a traditional Republican. That party is going through somewhat of a personality disorder. He's not a conservative and he's not totally with the Tea Party wing. So perhaps this fractious party has a new wing. The ever-growing splinter group from the GOP has emerged. It's the Hypocrisy wing of the party.
Their platform is quite simple. They've just released their first 'double-talk' campaign video. Wow! What star power...