Christie pans DOMA ruling as a "bad decision"

The New Jersey governor called it "just another example of judicial supremacy" that the Court struck down the law

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 27, 2013 1:08PM (EDT)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, slammed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it a "bad decision" that's just another example of "judicial supremacy."

“It’s just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” he said on NJ 101.5 FM, the Star-Ledger reports. “I thought it was a bad decision.”

He continued: “I thought that Justice (Anthony) Kennedy’s opinion in many respects was incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton. They basically said the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people.”

Christie, who last year vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, said Wednesday that he would do so again if a similar bill reached his desk.

Jillian Rayfield

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