POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Christie/Obama Poll, Whitney Houston Flag Flap

It’s been a busy week in politics with both the Senate and Assembly passing the marriage equality bill that would legalize same sex marriages in New Jersey. But Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto the measure. New poll numbers were released that shows President Barack Obama has more support in the Garden State than Christie. And Christie has drawn criticism for his decision to fly the flags on state building at half staff in recognition of singer Whitney Houston’s death.

Republican Strategist Roger Bodman and Democratic Strategist Julie Roginsky sat down with NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider to discuss the week’s political happenings.

On the topic of the marriage equality bill, Bodman said Christie has been consistently opposed to gay marriage and has offered a viable alternative to legislative action — a referendum vote. But Roginsky said the majority should never be allowed to vote on the rights of the minority.

Bodman and Roginsky both had theories why approval ratings in New Jersey are higher for Obama than Christie. Bodman said New Jersey is a blue state that leans more Democrat while Roginsky said the Republican primary, which she deemed a “freak show,” has made Obama look more favorable.

Christie stuck with his decision to have state buildings lower their flags in honor of New Jersey native Whitney Houston amid criticism. Bodman said he agreed with Christie’s decision citing the honor for Clarence Clemons and military personnel. Roginsky said it is a “non-issue” because there are many other topics facing the state that officials and residents should be worrying about.

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