What kind of economic impact New York seen in that year? Nah, forget that. Let’s just even deal with what kind of money has pumped into New York City in that year, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the recently-married City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
$259 million. Boom. These Gov. Christie should look long and hard at, if there’s any struggle in him whatsoever between his fiscal responsibilities to New Jersey and his personal-fulfillment desires to score with national Republicans.
That’s minimum 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses issued, more than 10% of the 75,000 licenses the city issued over the last year. The city’s tourism and marketing arm did a survey, compiling enough info to come up with these averages:
I’m here to tell you a chunk of that money has been drained out of New Jersey, like when Alex & Sean got married in NYC instead of central NJ where they live.
Balloons. Flowers. Wedding clothes. Banquet rooms. Invitations. Catering. Restaurants. Rehearsal dinners. Photographers. Video. Spa treatments. Mani-pedis. Bands. Gifts. Wedding favors. Wedding planners. Rings. Cakes …
New York is still in its honeymoon phase and pulling in the cash. New Jersey, now behind such disparate locales as Iowa, Vermont and D.C., is still a little virgin. But she’s ready.