Socially conservative leaders upset with Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie (R., N.J.) has decided not to appeal a ruling allowing same-sex marriage, and social conservatives aren’t happy about it. Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social-conservative leader in Iowa, tells National Review Online that the move doesn’t do any favors for Christie’s potential 2016 presidential run.

“This would suit him a lot better if he were running as a Democrat,” he says, adding that while social conservatives “had some cautionary flags raised already,” the move is uniquely problematic for the governor.

“This just adds more concern to those cautionary flags,” he says, “because not only is he backing away from a very principled stance of one-man-one-woman marriage, he’s also backing away from the Constitution and the separation of powers.”