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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Christie Will Spend $12 Million To Avoid Booker, But Won’t Restore Cuts To Women’s Health Care

Christie Will Spend $12 Million To Avoid Booker, But Won’t Restore Cuts To Women’s Health Care

New Jersey Democrats are giving Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) his third chance to restore $7.5 million in cuts he made to women’s health care that resulted in clinics treating 33,000 fewer patients last year.

The governor originally said the cuts that have caused six women’s health clinics to close, depriving uninsured women of birth control, life-saving pap smears and breast cancer screenings had nothing to do with his stance on abortion, he was just trying to get the state’s finances in order.

But finances weren’t an issue when he decided to rush a special election to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat, calling a special election for just three weeks before the general election.

This will cost taxpayers an extra $12 million.

The Star-Ledger‘s editorial board explains, “Christie doesn’t want to share the same ballot as Democratic favorite Cory Booker, the Newark mayor who could increase his party’s turnout, because Christie wants to win by an even bigger margin to enhance his image for the 2016 presidential campaign. So he’s spending $12 million for utterly selfish reasons.”

Cuts to women’s health also deny New Jersey federal matching funds.

There’s almost no chance that Christie will restore the cuts but Democrats are trying to illuminate that despite his jovial camaraderie with President Obama and occasional “a pox on both houses” rhetoric, the governor’s policies on women’s health resemble those of governors Scott Walker (R-WI) and Rick Perry (R-TX), who have both cut funding for Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization performs abortions.

Christie is staunchly anti-abortion rights, as he explained when he was the headliner of an anti-choice rally in 2011.

“As long as I have the honor of serving as governor, you will know you will have someone sitting in that office who understands the issue, who appreciates it and will continue to stand up and speak strongly in favor for the protection of every human life in New Jersey,” he said.

And that’s code for “I don’t care what it costs or how many women are deprived of care, I’m with the right wing when it comes to cutting Planned Parenthood.”

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  • Dump The GOP In 2014

    Christie only cares about getting reelected, it wouldn’t matter to him if the special election cost 50 million. The Republicans only care about pleasing their corporate donors so they will keep lining their pockets with campaign dollars. Christie will remain a Republican pig, no matter how much weight he loses. The Republicans don’t care about anyone not even the sheep that vote for them.

  • Sick of everything

    What a huge ass-hole. This should be all over the news. Hopefully the people of Jersey will pay attention and hand his fat ass a huge defeat.

  • John Pigg

    Perhaps he is doing it for political gain. But ask yourself, wouldn’t it have been easier for him just to appoint a Republican senator?

    Appointing your own political party is standard operating procedure in the event of a vacancy. Christie burned himself with his party for allowing Democracy to dictate who became the next Senator for NJ.

    He should at bare minimum be thanked for his decision to allow for democratic elections as opposed to appointees which is an easier way to get your candidate through.

    • Sand_Cat

      The issue is not the Senatorial seat at all. Christie is an anti-union, standard Republican bully who can occasionally sound sane and reasonable. How many times must reasonable people be fooled into electing a “reasonable” Republican who immediately goes all-out with the same crazy stuff before they realize that – for the time being, at least – there are NO REASONABLE REPUBLICANS.

      • John Pigg

        I’d like to think of myself as a reasonable Republican or a conservative Democrat. But people keep telling me that they don’t exist.

        I will admit I do not know about Christie’s interaction with unions. But I do know that not every Union is the same. A lot of folks where I am from make a good and decent wage for their work and can thank a Union. But some of the unions out in California have given Unions a bad name because they have advocated too strongly for their employees. I think corrections would be a good example.

        I am very Pro-Union as far as the Midwest is concerned, but I think in some areas of the country Unions interest can hurt the public if they have too much tunnel vision. What are your thoughts?

  • Budjob

    Many Democrats are “enamored” with the “chramisa” of Chris Christie.Remember one very important thing Democrats>>He is still a FUCKING REPUBLICAN!!!

    • OKsettledown

      Your language is disgusting. Your comments lose all their power when you refuse to use intelligent conversation.

  • Budjob

    And P.S.His wife is really fucking ugly!

    • Sand_Cat

      Irrelevant. The important fact is that Chris Christie’s policies and attitudes are really ugly, but that won’t stop a lot of misguided people from voting for him.