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Christie: If My Child Was Gay, I'd Advise Against Marriage

By Lisa Barron   |  

Gov. Chris Christie says if any of his four children came out as gay, he would hug them, tell them that he loved them — and then tell them he didn't believe they should be allowed to marry their partner.

The Republican governor of New Jersey was speaking in the second and final gubernatorial debate against his Democratic challenger Barbara Buono on Tuesday night.

When asked what would happen if one of his two sons and two daughters announced they were gay, he replied, "I'd grab them and hug them and tell them I love them." He said he would then tell them: "Dad believes marriage is between one man and one woman."

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"My children understand that there are going to be differences of opinion in our house and in houses all across this state and across this country," Christie added, saying he would respect voters if they approved gay marriage but that the decision does not belong in the courts or the legislature.

Buono, who has an openly gay daughter, said she believes same-sex marriage is a question of human rights and should be allowed.

Christie's comments came four days after the state Supreme Court agreed to hear his administration's appeal of a judge's ruling to allow gay marriage, but indicated that it would not decide the case until next year.

A state trial judge, Mary Jacobson, ruled on Sept. 27 that same-sex couples were being denied equal rights in the wake of the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June and ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages starting Oct. 21.

Christie reiterated his support for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, who faces Democrat Cory Booker in a special election Wednesday to fill the unexpired seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.

"I endorsed Steve Lonegan and I'll vote for him tomorrow," Christie said, adding, "The fact is, though, that we don't agree on everything."

Christie has criticized the government shutdown, while Lonegan has praised the GOP for linking the federal budget to funding for Obamacare.

Meanwhile, with three weeks to go before Christie and Buono face voters, the governor continues to increase his lead, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.

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Likely voters gave Christie a 24-point advantage, 59 percent to 35 percent over Buono, up from the 19 to 20 percent lead he had in Monmouth polls released earlier this month and in August.

However Buono remained confident during the debate. "I'm tough and I'm dogged and I never, ever give up," she said about Christie's big lead.

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