This was understandably baffling considering that the majority of the New Jersey legislature voted in favor of the bill. "The bill passed the New Jersey State Assembly 53 to 13 [and] The New Jersey State Senate 32 to 1," shouted an incredulous Stewart. "When did the threshold for nonpartisan become UNANIMOUS?"
It was fairly clear that the real motive behind Christie's decision was a possible run for presidency in 2016.
Christie met with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad prior to not signing the bill - pig-farming is a large industry in Iowa. Branstad believes that the pig crates actually protect smaller pigs, and keep the animals from fighting. Since Iowa is the location of the first 2016 presidential primary caucuses, some have speculated that Christie vetoed the pig crate bill to appease constituents in Iowa.
"Oh, so that's why it's controversial and partisan!" sneered Stewart. "Your choice was either listening to the nearly unanimous voice of the people that elected you, or saying 'F*** them' and kowtowing to a state 1,000 miles away in exchange for - really, let's be honest - the slimmest chance of political gain, in a caucus you're not gonna win."