It’s a good question, don’t you think?
Next month, Facebook’s Zuckerberg (and benefactor to Newark Schools) is hosting Gov. Christie at his Palo Alto house, to raise money for our Governor’s re-election campaign.
Now, that’s Palo Alto, California, a state where a majority of people support marriage equality – just like New Jersey. Zuckerberg is a newlywed himself, and bride Priscilla is the co-host of the Christie funder, believed to be the very first time Zuckerberg has ever opened his home to raise money for a candidate. I’d be shocked to my shoes if more than just a few of Zuckerberg’s personal friends, Facebook employees and hell, Facebook friends were among the people working against the LGBT rights movement.
And Christie? Last year, New Jersey saw astonishing movement in the NJ marriage equality movement, as Senate President Steve Sweeney reversed his prior reticence and became a leader in the legislature on this movement, helping to pass measures in both houses so that the NJ Legislature could finally catch up with its constituents on this issue. But Christie dashed the hopes of hundreds of thousands of my gay friends and neighbors when he exercised his veto on it.
Does that even fit with the company you built, Mr. Zuckerberg?In 2010, Facebook made national news for compensating LGBT employees for the additional cost of benefit-related taxes borne by same-sex couples, taxes that opposite-sex married couples don’t have to pay. Now, that is forward thinking.
Garden State Equality’s members, both gay and straight, cannot understand why you would look to make somebody like Gov. Christie your ally, why you would work to return him as governor, a politician who would deny equality to so many of our families.
And you’re going to hear from us – we have a lot of people, and we have some mad social media skills, too.