— By Stephen Richer
Friend and ally Jeff Cook-McCormac — senior advisor to American Unity Fund — got on Maddow a few nights ago to discuss Christie’s decision against appealing New Jersey’s ruling in favor of gay marriage in that state.
Jeff does an impressive job as painting Christie not as a statist/moralist, but as somebody who remains true to his conviction while showing proper deference to the state judiciary. Furthermore, Jeff notes that Christie is not a simple homophobe; according to Jeff, Christie signed some of the strongest anti-gay discrimination legislation in the country.
I’m less sanguine. But perhaps that’s just because Chris Christie is a bit of statist who doesn’t mind excessive government power, and I’m biased because of it.
Jeff doesn’t come in until about the 5 minute mark. But the first 5 minutes are worth watching too because Maddow does a great job (something I rarely say) of showing just how absurd NOM is by chronicling their support of the Russian anti-gay laws.
Video is at bottom of this page: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/marriage-equality-arrives-new-jersey