On Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization, issued the following statement in response to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who reportedly “laughed on Thursday about his recent veto of legislation that would have streamlined the process in his state for transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.”
“It was bad enough that Governor Christie vetoed this bill. Now he has added insult to injury by demeaning the entire transgender community,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof.
During an interview on a right-wing radio talk show, the Republican presidential candidate stood up for his veto, saying, “Certain things go beyond the pale.”
“What’s really beyond the pale is that a sitting governor, much less a candidate for the presidency, would use such offensive and harmful rhetoric in 2015. Chris Christie should immediately apologize,” Winterhof went on to write.
In talks with conservative radio host Michael Medved, Christie cited his thinking (or, lack thereof ) behind the veto was that the bill did not make sense to him.
Christie added, ” … That’s why I vetoed it again, and if they send it to me again, I will veto it again.”