WASHINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to stop fighting gay marriage in New Jersey was pragmatic — same sex weddings had already begun and a court warned that the state would have little chance of overturning them. But the move also reflects Christie’s bid to cast himself as leader of a welcoming GOP as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House bid.
Friends and foes describe the move simply as Christie being Christie.
The tell-it-like-it-is governor is signaling that he won’t be intimidated by a vocal conservative minority that usually wields great influence in Republican presidential politics. And with political divisions deepening in the Republican Party, Christie is betting his political future that the GOP and the nation ultimately would embrace an unapologetic compromiser capable of attracting a broad coalition of voters — as he’s expected to do in gubernatorial voting in two weeks.