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Gay daughter of Christie's challenger blasts the gov

The youngest daughter of state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie's opponent in the November election, wrote a scathing letter today to Buono supporters on the governor's opposition to same-sex marriage. In it, Tessa Bitterman, a 22-year-old San Francisco resident following her mother's footsteps to law school, says she is a "gay American" and Christie is a "giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all."

Christie last year vetoed a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage, saying voters should decide in a referendum. But Democrats refused, saying civil rights shouldn't be put on the ballot.

Bitterman had been non-existent on the campaign trail up to this point. But she has surfaced during a major week for gay issues. In New Jersey, the Democratic Legislature is poised to send Christie a bill that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors. While gay conversion therapy -- in which therapists try to turn gays straight -- is not widespread in New Jersey, the issue will be seen as a litmus test of Christie's stance on gay issues.

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