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. Tom Bukowski

    Every radical pro-lifer should have their address put in a base, and when a child is born the child will be given to them to raise.

    July 25, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. Yeah Right

    Yeah right- another wind bag.

    July 25, 2014 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. geen

    Scott, brownback, haley, walker....Christie? never ceases to amaze and perplex me how these clowns can expand simply being anti-abortion to being 'pro-life' when they are all pro-war, pro-capital punishment, pro-nuclear power plants. republicans all, they backed the morons (bush and Obama)in their pursuits and esclations of two illegal wars on sovereign nations, i.e., senseless killing, i.e. 'taking of lives'.....energizing to hear that they, being 'pro-life' are now so firmly also against, by definition, war and capital punishment..thanks, governors!

    July 25, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. liz

    He needs to tell that to the Teapublican/GOP in Congress who have spent the last six years cutting social programs !

    July 25, 2014 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  5. srly?

    It should be part of mental health treatment and expanded under that. There also need to be some sort of preventative program during school. The main reason, besides being blatantly stupid, is one time we had to sit through a slide show of before and after pictures for different drugs. No way am I doing anything that makes a AIDs patient look healthy.

    July 25, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  6. David H. Thoreau

    This man is not what he appears to be. He does not have just skeletons in his closet , he has graveyards. Investigate him before you believe anything he says. Google, "Chris Christie mafia", "Chris Christie Bernie Madoff," Chris Christie Bridgegate" "Chris Christie Port Authority funds," Chris Christie Super Storm Sandy funds," "Chris Christie Extortion", "Chris Christie underfunds New Jersey Pensions," Chris Christie bully." "Chris Christie Investigations." Go look for yourself. This man is a criminal, a thug and a bully. He is a cancer on the state of New Jersey.

    July 25, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. jnpa

    “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.
    You actually expect repubs/TPs to accept that way of thinking? All they care about is pro-life before birth. After that they couldn't care less if someone dies or not. Remember the Tea Party debate when the audience cheered the idea of letting uninsured patients die? How many repubs/TPs want to eliminate any help for the homeless or those without food? They would rather see them die than help them. That is a FACT! So dream on Christie....your way of thinking within the GOP is going nowhere!

    July 25, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I have always found it to be the height of hypocrisy to listen to the self proclaimed "pro-life" people also express firm support for the death penalty.

    July 25, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. NYVeteran

    Oh no Chris! You just let out the secret that you are a northeast liberal or Rockefeller republican. there goes the tea party support and wing nut base. You have to stick to the talking points and sound bites. Dont go for substance, you will lose every time. Thats why I had to become a democrat.

    July 25, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. Lauren

    One thing I do agree with in his statement is: pro-lifers only care about getting that fetus through nine months and don't care about the life of: the woman, the child after it is born, society as a whole. They don't want to assist women, they don't want us to have birth control or have access to birth control or even insurance. Their caring about life does stop when that child exits the womb. It's not like they are out there assisting poor moms who have chosen life and are now struggling, because many times conservative, pro-life types are also opposed to public assistance.

    July 25, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  11. ellas mcdaniel

    I agree with Christie on this, but there is a lot he is not saying.For many of the anti-abortion folks, they are really against sex and want to punish girls/women for getting pregnant. These are the more "religous" ones who are either useful tools, or the tool masters using religion to gain power and money.

    Them ther are those who want to restore a world dominated by white men and part of that involves returning women to the role as child bearers. They hide behind religion and concern for life to get the religous ones to do their work for them.

    Plus, we all know that the daughters of rich white folks will always be able to get a safe abortion somewhere, so by making it hard for poors and minorities, you help ensure that the poor remain poor.

    The people pulling the strings for the anti-abortion forces are in no way "pro-life". They're the same people eager to bomb someone/anyone and cheering at the executions.

    July 25, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. Andrew Zimba

    It's about time a Republican realized being Pro-Life means a responsibility to those here because of that philosophy. That includes funding education, feeding the poor, making sure everyone has clean air and water, and protecting the climate.

    July 25, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  13. Stephen

    He sounds more like a Democrat everyday. Be careful trying to be sensible and compassionate, Chris. Look what the GOP's did to Charlie Christ.

    July 25, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. rudy

    and with that statement he just lost any votes he had from the right.

    July 25, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  15. Caseyhd

    Sorry Christie you are in the minority in the Republican Party. They only care about life when it is still in the womb. Once that baby is born they could care less.

    July 25, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  16. dondiego

    You're doing it backwards, Governor. You're not supposed to express any compassion for another human being until AFTER the primary or the hard-core base will never vote for you. Repeat after me, "Drug users? Lock 'em up and throw away the key."

    July 25, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. bob smith

    Republicans are only pro life until they come out of the womb, then the kid needs to be able to fend for themselves.

    It always amazes me at the hypocrisy Republicans have. Helping others is wrong, being kind is weakness, Showing compassion is againist their philosophy. yet they demand to know what you do in your bedroom, who you do it with and if they don't approve they stone you.

    July 25, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Corruption in government translates to a corrupt, worthless society. That's where we are, today.

    July 25, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. smith

    They should make these drug offenders do more community service. We can cut down the prison time and balance the rest with helping out in the community.There is plenty of trash to be picked up, flowers and trees to be planted, and rocks to be moved. Cut the prison time and put them to work.

    July 25, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  20. drew

    Tom Bukowski, I think a lot of us would be pretty okay with that.

    July 25, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  21. The Truth is

    It's this kind of thinking as to why his GOP career is over. Common sense has no place in the 21st century republican party

    July 25, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Do you think Tony realizes that he's calling children losers? Nah, no way. He's far too angry to notice it.

    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Mike S., New Orleans

    The only way Christie will be the nominee in 2016 is if Barbara Bush agrees to re-birth him.

    July 25, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    bob smith

    Republicans are only pro life until they come out of the womb, then the kid needs to be able to fend for themselves.

    It always amazes me at the hypocrisy Republicans have. Helping others is wrong, being kind is weakness, Showing compassion is againist their philosophy. yet they demand to know what you do in your bedroom, who you do it with and if they don't approve they stone you.
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    Bob's has summed up most all of the hypocrisies in the right wing's entire pro-life platform in just a few words.

    July 25, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  25. Srcactus

    I see the term "radical pro life" and wonder about the person behind the terms and picture them quaking in their cowardly boots at the first sign that they may loos theirs!
    Is not time to slow the political hate and work at solutions?

    July 25, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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