Gov. Christie: ‘You have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb’
July 25th, 2014
04:30 AM ET
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Gov. Christie: ‘You have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb’

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday there’s far too many people sitting in prisons for non-violent drug crimes and called on Republicans to focus on people not just before they’re born but after as well.

“I’m pro-life and if you’re pro-life you have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb also,” Christie said in an appearance at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, similar to comments he made last month at a major social conservative gathering in the nation's capital.
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Christie was in Colorado for events associated with his role as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Thursday night’s event was a panel with other Republican governors including, Rick Scott of Florida, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Christie said the justice system must stop stigmatizing the disease of drug addiction and focus more on rehabilitation.

“We don’t give them any kind of significant treatment, long-range treatment, and then we release them. And then we wonder why they go back and commit more crimes to support their habit,” Christie said.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate also said giving drug addicts treatment instead of prison time would help the economy too.

“You get someone off of drugs and back into a productive life, that not only helps society and our economy financially but it also makes us feel better about who we are,” Christie said.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted last week to reduce some the sentences of some drug offenders in federal prisons after Attorney General Eric Holder called for it.

The vote still needs to be approved by Congress and prisoners would have to apply for the reductions.

Meanwhile, Christie encouraged the GOP to focus on its core values while changing the norms for punishment in the war on drugs.

“If we are a party that believes that every life is precious and that no one, no one should be deprived of a second chance, well then we need to get on that issue,” Christie said.

Chris Christie's 'pro-life' message

Last month Christie was well received as he spoke at the fifth annual Road to the Majority conference, which is organized by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Christie touted his credentials on important social issues, and framed the issue of drug addiction and treatment in a social conservative way.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. YoonYoungJo

    These are the type of comments that make it hard not to like Christie. I still believe he leans too much with the wealthy still but he obviously has a heart, compassion and isn't only about the wealthy.

    July 25, 2014 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  2. juliana

    Too bad the average self-styled pro-lifer rails against continuing the pro-life mentality as soon as the kid is weaned and needs WIC or SNAP.

    July 25, 2014 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  3. SixDegrees

    Nice to see Christie throwing what, for many Republicans these days, is their platform's only plank right back in their face, and telling them to own it. Very refreshing.

    July 25, 2014 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  4. Coley

    GOTP soft on crime. Next up, Christie has his Todd Aiken moment....

    July 25, 2014 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  5. Craig

    Hard to tell if he's finally figured it out or if he's just trying to change the conversation and ignore his own problems. He's right, although I have to admit I'm skeptical. When somebody in the GOP proposes something concrete then I guess I might consider believing it.

    July 25, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  6. Skeptacular

    He's right. From a conservative perspective, you're engaging in hypocrisy if you don't grasp this. Liberals have their own conundrum: Pro choice – meaning terminating a pregnancy and the future 'baby onboard' while advocating for an end to the death penalty. Sounds as though a massive rethink is in order in all quarters.

    July 25, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  7. TIim Donovan

    Great sound bite from a guy whose only chance to stay in the news is by mouthing pieties about how limited or short sighted traditional conservatives are. Painful listening to more Obama-like drivel when they both promote the collapse of the traditional family. The simple truth is that pro-life voters take care of their families, their communities, pay their taxes and fight the nation's wars...the left does not and the data bares that truth.

    Government benefits to take care of people who won't take care of themselves cost money and it comes from the middle-class, Doughnut-man tries to shame pro-life people but we know the hole in this doughnut is in his head.

    July 25, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  8. TexasVulcan

    Let's make sure that unwanted babies are born regardless of women's rights, but in Texas they want to shoot kids crossing the border escaping poverty and violence. How does an unviable fetus rate more protection than a child who is in terror just because the fetus is "American"?

    July 25, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  9. Kevin

    Non-hypocrisy from a Republican? Hmmm, sounds reasonable.

    July 25, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  10. TIim Donovan

    As the left legalizes drugs we will find more addiction....and this governor wants to have a program to rehab people government folks like him helped addict?

    July 25, 2014 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  11. Deist

    So, we can deduct that Chrisite would be against needless wars like the invasion of Iraq by "Dubya," and against killing animals through torturous methods when other foods are available and, perhaps, against the House of Representative members who are willing to allow the entire middle class to be destroyed rather than reduce the wealth and power of the Koch brothers or negotiate caring laws with the POTUS.

    July 25, 2014 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  12. Susan

    Last week, Governor Christie was advocating spending NJ's limited resources on housing illegal aliens in our state. I find it difficult to take seriously his comments about taking care of our own poor and abandoned when he was so eager to throw them under the bus for people who have no right to be here. These new comments are typical political BS– an attempt to walk back last weeks comments because they enraged the voters of his home state. Christie is the same as any other politician.

    July 25, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  13. Winston5

    Governor Traffic Cone?! Does anyone still think he has a shot nationally??

    July 25, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  14. bpuharic

    Prolifers don't understand what Christie's talking about. The whole point to the prolife movement is to view babies as punishment for evil women having sex Christians don't approve of

    July 25, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Really? This is your solution? This is what women and pro contraceptive and Planned Parenthood have been saying for decades.
    The teaklans don't want women to have the same rights as men when it comes to s e x but once pregnant they are on their own.
    This is another fool who keeps stepping in it. Please NJ close the airports and airwaves so he can't leave or speak!

    July 25, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  16. Dover

    As much as I don't want to like him, I keep finding myself liking some of the things he says.

    July 25, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Wow did they just figure this our

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    --get out of the womb. See the wording.

    July 25, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  19. Dave

    Not much of a Christie fan but I like the statement. Most pro-life folks are also dead against social programs that help people one they are alive. The problem here with Christie is that he would side with who has the most money every time, which has shown to leave the middle class and the poor with a decreased standard of living.

    July 25, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  20. Tony D

    Oh please Christie, it isn't like the government doesn't already spend billions and billions of dollars on these losers that have zero interest in helping themselves or straightening out their lives. Like the movie says, "Some people you just can't reach", and that is because they don't want your help.

    And of course, as the country moves further and further into legalizing everything under the sun, the nightmare will expand. Where are the libs with their usual, pass more laws if it saves just one more life? Oh, well they are advocating for getting rid of the drug laws and setting these criminals free all over the country no matter what the cost in human life.

    July 25, 2014 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  21. Kris

    No way he is a Republican...he sounds too reasonable.

    July 25, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  22. Shocker

    I'm impressed (even though I'm not a Christie fan). This is the first republican to acknowledge that right to life means more than anti-abortion.

    July 25, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  23. lloyd roberts

    Unbelievable, a republican acting a little like a true republican, you know the limited government stuff. No better example of an overbearing government than the drug war. Must be because he's one of the only republicans I've heard speaking in the last ten years that isn't from the south, home of the fake, false, religious social conservatives.

    July 25, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  24. TomInRochNY

    The GOP doesn't care about people after they're out of the womb because there's no money in it. But, putting them in jail makes a profit. Keeping a drug that's safer than alcohol and has medicinal uses illegal makes profit. Justifying a large body of law enforcers who need equipment makes profit.

    July 25, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  25. sidney

    Sounds like this guy is soft on crime.

    July 25, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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