During the last two and a half years, almost every big name in food retail has gotten on board, including fast-food giants Burger King and Hardee's, supermarket chains Kroger and Safeway, food service providers such as Aramark, Compass and Sodexo, and middle-America restaurants such as Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel.
But the argument that really clinches the case is that some of the biggest pig producers have decided to get out of the crates business. Smithfield and Cargill have made pledges to rid their production systems of that form of extreme confinement. Tyson has indicated it wants to move in that direction.
So if these big players are saying it's the right thing to do, you know it's also economically feasible for them to do so.
Australia, Canada, the European Union and South Africa are already there, or on their way.
As Christie contemplates banning gestation crates, there can be no question that his home-state residents favor the policy. A recent poll found 93 percent of them want to ban the crates.