New Jersey recently saw the closure of six family planning clinics that women across the state relied on for health care because of Christie’s funding cuts. And when given the chance to help those women, Christie instead vetoed a budget bill that would have given $7.5 million to those family-planning organizations. These are organizations like Planned Parenthood, which sees tens of thousands of New Jersey women each year.
And he doesn’t just work against women’s health. He also vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy” and was especially critical of legislation to reduce pay inequities in public contracts. The average woman in New Jersey makes just 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Closing that gap would help women buy school supplies and groceries, and pay for rent and tuition. Closing that gap would help New Jersey communities and families make ends meet. That gap is what’s senseless — working to correct it is not.
With that kind of respect for women, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear about the time he made a lewd joke to a woman at a campaign rally, or told reporters to “take the bat out on” a 76 year-old widow.