Christie Cuts $7.5 Million For Women’s Health and That’s Just the Start

Governor Chris Christie said “no” to quite a few things yesterday:

“No’ to a bill that would impose a “millionaires’ tax on those making more than $1 million and “no” to another bill to fund schools and providing low-wage earners with tax relief. (Isn’t this called robbing the poor to feed the rich?)

As the Star-Ledger reports, Christie also got busy with the line-item vetos to cut a total of $900 million from a budget he labeled “unconstitional”:

  • $7.5 million for family planning centers like Planned Parenthood and funding for women’s health (meaning that Christie has made cuts to funding for women’s health for two straight years in a row)
  • $493 million in school aid (though Christie was ordered by the Supreme Court to send an extra $473 million to New Jersey’s “Abbott district” urban schools — who’s talking about being “unconstitutional”?)
  • $17 million in salaries for mental health services and programs
  • $1.5 million in services to the blind and visually impaired
  • $10 million for a program providing legal representation for the poor in non-criminal cases (perhaps the governor finds this hard to believe, but not every one in NJ is a millionaire)
  • $5 million in from the Children’s Behavioral Health (meaning that thousands of children with disabilities, including autism, and mental health issues will lose — if they haven’t already — funding for the early intervention therapies that everyone agrees is crucial to helping kids with disabilities succeed)

You can see a full list at PoltickerNJ.

Christie also cut $138 million in aid to New Jersey’s most troubled cities, Camden and Trenton, and hundreds of dollars for Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and for FamilyCare, the health plan for working poor people.

Christie said his cuts are necessary and accused Democrats of basing their budget proposal on “fantasy revenue found between the cushions,” and of “pandering to special interests” (like, you know, women, individuals with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and the working poor). Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who two days earlier had stood smiling beside Christie as he signed legislation to drastically overhaul employee pensions and health benefits, said:

“There are special interests. They are called seniors, the middle class and low-income families who the governor just decimated. We are just beginning to digest the cuts in the budget, but they are extremely cruel and mean-spirited.”

Yesterday, said Sweeney (who has a daughter with Down’s Syndrome), was the “most disappointing day in my entire career as a legislator.”

So you have some idea of what is being done with NJ state funds: Also on Thursday (i.e., the same day that the governor was “marginaliz[ing] the needs of working-class women” according to Democrat Vainieri Huttle), the Jersey Seafood Challenge was hosted by Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, under the auspices of the NJ Department of Agriculture.

It’s really hard not to say it: Something is really feeling fishy here in the Garden State.

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Photo by Bob Jagendorf.

84 comments

Dorothy Gilbert
Dorothy Gilbert3 years ago

I wonder how or if Christie has any second thoughts now that a 17 year old boy has drowned at Burlington County Special Services School since they cut the autism program and 78 para-educators along with it? The poor boys death is under investigation and they're saying it appears to be an accident, but I can't help but wonder if it had to do with being under staffed. My son attended BCSS for 3 years and it changed his world. I don't know what we would have done without them; the services they provided my son were beyond measurable. As a parent, that boy's life ending too soon is all I will be thinking about tomorrow when I vote Governor Christie!
Darcy Gilbert

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

Does he care for others?

Maarja L.
Maarja L5 years ago

He's not really a nice person, is he.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

Oh that's priceless, the only comment that doesn't get deleted is the one about my comments getting deleted......FML!!!!

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

I wish Care2 would fix their damn site, i am sick of commenting on something only to have it deleted.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

ok

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

He's the picture of someone who just gave up and said, here, take it, just give me some too.

Judy M.
Judy Michaels5 years ago

Watch our America, after he descimates New Jersey, we'll be calling him President Christie.
All the Republican Governors are on the same page and reeking the same havoc accross this country.
Everyone should watch the documentary "Hot Coffee" a real eye opener.

colleen p.
colleen p5 years ago

all he wants to do good, is being like California and making it super illegal to pick on people on line.

wait? he also dosen't want gay marriage?

"derpy doo, let's cut funding for important things, and not have gay marriage I don't believe in it. but picking on people is wrongzzzzzzzz".
wow. I should see if he did anything right