As the NYT notes, it was a hell of a move for a possible future GOP presidential candidate.
Still, it was a striking move for a Republican governor widely talked about as a future presidential contender, at a time when his party nationally is still strongly influenced by social conservatives.
“You could have picked me up off the floor,” said Steven Goldstein, the chairman of Garden State Equality, a gay rights group, describing his reaction when the governor called to tell him before making the nominations.
The gay man is Bruce Harris. Christie also appointed another man who would be the first Asian and first immigrant to serve.