New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) insists he’s a moderate on social issues, yet he just vetoed over $7 million in family planning funding.
Democrats in the state had tried to restore money for social services but Christie wasn’t having it. All said he vetoed $7.5 million into women’s clinics, refused to return $66 million in energy tax revenue to cities, and vetoed a proposal to beef up tax credits for the working poor after slashing them previously in 2010.
As Robin Marty reports, the $7.5 million proposed would have come from the over $500 million budget surplus the state is projected to have. Those funds will instead go to increase the state’s cash reserves.
Anti-choice advocates hailed the veto as a victory. “I first want to thank you for acting on our Alert to urge the Governor to veto S788/A3204, the bill which would provide $7.5M in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life said in an email message to members. “The Governor heard our message loud and clear! Just this afternoon, Governor Christie vetoed the bill, along with other supplemental bills passed last week.”
Christie couched the veto as a move against Democratic “spending as usual,” which we can assume he means spending on the social safety net. The veto is all the more mean-spirited given the fact that the state is in a surplus and just confirms that Republicans, even those posing as moderates, are the anti-woman, anti-family party.
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