New Jersey has a major deficit problem. Gov. Christie won the last gubernatorial election primarily upon his financial policies--but now he's taken a stand against gay marriage due to his personal and religious feelings on the issue.
Being one of the first states to legalize gay marriage could keep gay weddings in the state, adding money to local businesses and government (marriage license fees, park photography fees).
Possibly hoping for a bid as the running mate of a Republican presidential candidate, Christie took a politically advantageous stand on the issue.
With gambling now legal in Pennsylvania, Philadelphians no longer have to venture to Atlantic City to gamble. In this economy, people just don't have the money to spare on gambling for entertainment, either.
Atlantic City and other South Jersey locations have decided to brand themselves as ideal for destination weddings. For many, it's also a less expensive destination than Las Vegas. The local economy will lose out on destination weddings as gay marriage is still banned.
As a state full of firsts, New Jersey strives to be seen as trend-setting. New Jerseyians are sensitive about being compared to (or second to) nearby Philadelphia and New York City--but delaying the eventual legalization of gay marriage only reinforces this stereotype.
UPDATE: Same-sex marriages have been legal in New Jersey since October 21, 2013.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com.