Did I read this right? Did Senate President Steve Sweeney say that sending Governor Christie a gay marriage bill would be a "top priority" in the new legislative term?
It was just about two years ago that the state legislature failed to pass just such a bill. At that time, I wrote why I thought the current civil union law made no sense, and why a gay marriage law would be just more of the same. You can read that post here.
But that's not the real story.
The real story is why anyone in Trenton would think a bill like this would be a top priority? Let's face it, with New Jersey's unemployment rate still hovering around 9%, gays can no more afford to get married than anyone else!
Mr. Sweeney, before you completely fill your head with images of gays and lesbians walking down the aisle, why not reach across the aisle and put a few tools in Governor Christie's oft-mentioned property tax relief toolbox, or do something to help New Jersey businesses grow?
Now is the time to prioritize actions that will help 100% of NJ residents, not a bill that will leave 96% scratching their heads.