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February 20th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Chris Christie on same-sex marriage "I don't compromise my principles for politics"

On Tuesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for a candid and revealing interview, during which the Republican discusses his views on same-sex marriage.

Reiterating his personal position that "marriage should be between one man and one woman," Christie has vetoed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. But he's encouraging the Legislature to allow his constituents to have the final say:

"Let's put it on the ballot, and let's let people decide," Christie tells Piers Morgan. "And if the people of New Jersey – as some of the same-sex marriage advocates suggest the polls indicate – are in favor of it, then my position would not be the winning position. But I'm willing to take that risk, because I trust the people of the state."

As the riveting exchange continues, Morgan asks Christie about the prospect of his personal views jeopardizing his long-term aspirations:

"You would never change your mind about this?" questions Morgan. "I would not compromise my principles for politics. You're saying 'will it become politically unpopular to have the position I'm having.' If it does, so be it," insists Christie. "I don't compromise my principles for politics."

Tune in to "Piers Morgan Tonight" Tuesday at 9pm ET/PT as the New Jersey Governor details conversations between himself, and his gay friends, and explains why his personal position is not bigoted.

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  1. Bill

    In Christie's defense, he also does not compromise Haagen Daaz for Yoplait.

    You're a cochon, Christie.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alberto

      There was a skit done during HER showKey words HER SHOW. She has cepmlote control over that. If it was a caller that might be different.She should be fined I agree, because she has control over her show.SignedPF1 the republican.

      March 3, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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        November 12, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
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  2. Shane

    It's always been my view and position that you should lose weight. So you veto a bill just because you care only about your opinion?? BREAKING NEWS: IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR POSITION....

    February 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jerzygurl135

      A politican who doesn't flip flop on pricipal just to pander to the minority position. What a novel & refreshing approach. Too bad their aren't more Christie's in office.

      February 21, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • jerseygirlcantspell

        A politician who undermines his legislation and the people who voted said legislatures in to office – Grade A Politician, honey. Vetoing a bill is to prevent harm to the people, because the bill could potentially prove to be detrimental to the public. When is two people who are in love and want to have that recognized locally and federally a safety issue? I think Christie should be more concerned with childhood obesity to really get to the root of his underlying problem. He is, and always will be just a fat kid.

        February 21, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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  3. Jade

    The fact of the matter is, if you're a politician who cannot separate your "principles" from what is RIGHT and FAIR and EQUAL, you have no right being in office. What you like and want and what is right are not necessarily the same thing. If you can't tell the difference, Chris Christie, you should really resign.

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  4. John

    The EXACT same dems who passed the legislation in this session, voted it down last session and did NOTHING when Corzine was in office for 4 years when they were sure to get a signature. Are you kidding me? This is politics, plain and simple. Christie may not be everyone's cup of tea, but he is hands down, the best and strongest leader in the country. The Dems are being embarrassed by his win after win and rising approval numbers, despite them and the NJEA spending millions to bash him. Instead of getting behind the referendum with millions to "get out the vote". They Pass legislation that he vowed to veto. So they wasted time and money, just to prove what? That's he's a man of his word and again, bring credit to the very man they hate.

    I'm a catholic, a republican and would vote YES to a gay marriage referendum. I'll also again vote for Christie, not because he vetoed it, because i wish he had signed it. But i'll vote for him time and time again because he stood by his word and vetoed it.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      Smartest move they can make..SHUT OUT MICHAEL WEINER. The agent provocateur who ngboles back in his Bolshevik hangouts.

      March 3, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
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