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N.J.’s Chris Christie to Keynote Republican Convention

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The RNC has announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at the party’s gathering in Tampa in two months. The keynote is the most sought-after spot for rising political figures with national ambitions.

Earlier this year, Christie vetoed historic marriage equality legislation in New Jersey. Christie vetoed the legislation despite the fact that the majority of New Jersey residents – nearly 60 percent – support marriage equality for committed, loving same-sex couples. He vetoed the legislation despite the fact that it passed the Assembly and garnered bipartisan support in the Senate. And he ignored a personal letter from Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, who reached out to Christie days after signing marriage equality into law in her state, and offered to discuss her own personal journey on the issue with him.

Christie isn’t the only speaker with an anti-LGBT track record – others making convention appearances include Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

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