January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm EST | by Staff reports
Christie vetoes birth certificate bill
Chris Christie, New Jersey, Republican Party, gay news, Washington Blade

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is embroiled in scandal but took time out to veto a trans rights bill. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

TRENTON, N.J.— Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 13 vetoed a bill that would have allowed his state’s transgender residents to change their gender on their birth certificates.

“It appears that this veto is arbitrary, capricious and designed to harm transgender people who are the most vulnerable among LGBT New Jerseyans,” said Barbra Casbar Siperstein, political director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ).

Garden State Equality Executive Director Tony Stevenson described Christie’s veto as “a vindictive move to punish the LGBT community after a year of tremendous progress.”

“This was a simple bureaucratic change, which would have offered tremendous support to the transgender community, and have zero effect on anyone else,” said Stevenson.

Christie vetoed the measure nearly a month after the New Jersey Senate approved it by a 21-11 vote margin. The bill passed in the state Assembly last June by a 43-27 vote margin with one abstention.

Christie is embroiled in a scandal involving aides who allegedly created massive traffic jams in Fort Lee because the mayor there wouldn’t endorse Christie’s re-election bid last year.

  • This is totally ridiculous especially since the state assembly and the state senate passed the bill months ago. This is a push by the gov to take away the right of GLBTQ people, especially the transgendered in New Jersey. IN the meantime of taking away the rights of the people, the big fat marshmallow is embattled in his own scandal, which the federal government is now investigating. I hope and pray that when it is all said and done, Gov, Christie is charged with not only one but, many crimes, will go on trial and end up in prison where he seems to belong. Furthermore, if he decides to run for the Office Of the President in 2016, I hope that the voting people will remember the things that he has done to keep the people in the State of NJ in the 1949-1960's era and not help vote him into the office of President. At this point it is one of the worst things that anybody in this country could ever do.

  • Fucking asshole! his days are numbered, and his presidential bid is now truly just a bad joke!! Karma kills people! your evil will come back to you!!

  • This is corrupt politicians in full force, we the people elected you to do what we want, not what you want, bye bye fatboy

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