WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stop fighting the legality of same-sex marriage in New Jersey has removed the threat that the vows gay couples began exchanging yesterday could be undone by a court.
Political analysts say it also reflects the Republican governor's effort to cast himself as the pragmatic leader of a welcoming GOP while running for re-election and considering a White House bid.
Friends and foes describe the move simply as Christie being Christie, signaling he won't be intimidated by a vocal conservative minority that usually wields great influence in Republican presidential politics. Christie is betting his political future that the GOP and the nation would embrace an unapologetic compromiser capable of attracting a broad coalition of voters, as he is expected to do in the gubernatorial election in two weeks.