The Ed Show | January 26, 2012
>>> and in psycho talk tonight , i don't if there's any humor in this at all, because there isn't. governor chris christie of new jersey says people would have been better off putting civil rights on a ballot down in the south in the 1960s . christie made the outrageous comment when he was talking about putting gay marriage in a state referendum. he said he would veto a gay marriage bill from the legislature. but then he said this --
>> the fact of the matter is that i think people would have been happy to have a referendum, you know, on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets, in the south. okay?
>> yeah, kay? there's a guy out of touch, folks. reaction to governor christie 's remark was very swift. from new jersey assembly speaker sheila oliver, "governor, people were fighting and dying in the streets of the south for a reason. the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method." from assemblyman gordon johnson , he says, "the governor apparently doesn't even understand that minorities likely would have been blocked from voting on a civil rights referendum in the south in the 1960s . you know why? because they didn't have civil rights !" and from newark mayor, cory booker , "i shud tore think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the is the 60s were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states ." for governor christie to say people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights is just flat-out clueless. indefensible psycho talk.