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

    Anti abortion is actual not anti-women. It is pro women and pro men, the people of the future who should not be killed while still completely defenseless. Rape and medical emergencies obviously should be the exception. But if you get pregnant, why would anyone WANT to kill her own baby? As a woman, I could never imagine having an abortion. Practice safe sex, and if a "mistake" happens, deal with it. You were the ones who had sex.

    July 25, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. bp

    Everybody knows conservatives only care about children of the poor until the moment the children are born.

    July 25, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair posted:

    "... ... ... It raises the potential for a woman to be charged with murder simply because she goes through her monthly experience, which is nature running its' course.

    If it is okay with mother nature, then it is fine with me. Even if life begins at conception, mother nature does nothing to protect it. I think that fact is something that the pro-life extremists need to consider when they argue about God's Will."

    A woman being charged with murder bwcause she miscarries? Please tell me you're not serious.
    --------------------------
    Miscarriage? I am serious, and you need to slow down when you read something so that you can comprehend it.

    July 25, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. JDD

    Which is why Catholics and Christians originally founded most hospitals and nursing homes.

    July 25, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "Still, what are those pro-life folks going to do when it is known that a woman is carrying the Devil's spawn?"
    ---------–
    Pretty sure no one believes that, outside of those who think "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Omen" were documentaries. A very weak counterpoint, Rudy.

    July 25, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. JDD

    Groups like Total Life Care have known and practiced this for decades.

    July 25, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. SkepticalOne

    This message can't be sitting well with the TEA party. They insist that the children be born and then want nothing more to do with them.

    July 25, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    Pro-Choice is not Pro-abortion. It means a woman has the right to choose to have an abortion or not have an abortion.
    Health clinics that support all options generally present ALL options like adoption etc.
    It is a personal religious / philosophical decision as to whether / when a fetus is an alive person.
    Say NO to religious domination by one sect.

    July 25, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. rs

    Uh oh, Mr.Christie- you just pointed out the GOP's greatest hypocrisy- they'll grant "personhood" status to clumps of cells and cry and moan over the evils of birth control, but they'll turn right around and take food out of the mouths of the poor, take away Americans' health insurance and scream obscenities at 10 year olds.

    Too bad that you also have a bit of a hypocrite streak in you- you think getting a classroom of first graders getting blown away once in awhile in exchange of the support of the NRA is alright too.

    The Right has a long way to go to become human again.

    July 25, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. jb1963

    Christie wake up the republicans are pro life until you are old enough to die for the cause which is make the rich richer and the poor poorer

    July 25, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. drake mallard

    they're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.

    The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice that some people make. That is it. Get over it.We have plenty of unwanted children. We read about the abuse everyday in the paper. People ki lling their children. We have thousands of foster children waiting for homes, praying that someone will take them in and adopt them before they turn 18 and get dumped out on the streets to fend for themselves. We have fathers who don't support their children. We have conservatives that gag if someone has to apply for food stamps. We are a society that puts down needy people.

    July 25, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair posted:

    "... ... ... It raises the potential for a woman to be charged with murder simply because she goes through her monthly experience, which is nature running its' course.

    If it is okay with mother nature, then it is fine with me. Even if life begins at conception, mother nature does nothing to protect it. I think that fact is something that the pro-life extremists need to consider when they argue about God's Will."

    A woman being charged with murder bwcause she miscarries? Please tell me you're not serious.
    --------–
    Miscarriage? I am serious, and you need to slow down when you read something so that you can comprehend it.
    -------–
    Okay, I'm all ears. Please explain what you mean by "It raises the potential for a woman to be charged with murder simply because she goes through her monthly experience, which is nature running its' course." Why, and under what circumstances?

    July 25, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Louise

    I am glad I read the whole post.
    Again
    A Man
    A Republican
    who does not understand a thing about the core Pro Choice issue, and is using it as a political stick stir to get him in the headlines

    July 25, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Abram

    I'm sorry that so many of you believe that pro-lifers do not care about babies after they are born. I can assure you that this is far from the case. As a pro-lifer who is active in the foster care/adoption community, I can tell you that the majority of the men and women I have met who foster and/or adopt are pro-life. Many of them would also identify themselves politically and religiously as conservative Christians. I also know of many pro-life individuals and not-for-profit agencies working hard to support and assist parents who had children through unplanned pregnancies. Certainly there is a need for more pro-lifers to find ways to help children after they are born, but to stereotype all pro-lifers as not caring about children after birth is absurd and insulting to the many of us who are trying so hard to see that all children have a chance to be properly loved and cared for. If any of you, pro-life or not, are interested in foster or adopting, I would encourage you to do so. It is one of the most rewarding things my family has ever done.

    July 25, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. street smart

    HEADLINE: Christie Pro life doesnt stop at birth.TRANSLATION: Christie seeks to compensate for the votes he lost due to the bridge scandal by romancing theT PARTY/ProLife vote

    July 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. miscreantsall

    FINALLY, a Republican brave enough to state the obvious and long standing contradiction!!!!

    Pro-life and post birth!!!

    It's called responsibility for your ideology.

    If you are pro-life then be ready to manage the results as a society!!!!

    That means YOUR money, YOUR time, YOUR resources, etc.

    Otherwise…………..shut the frack up and mind your own business.

    July 25, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Grampa

    Christie is not "pro-life," he is merely anti-abortion. If he were pro-life, he'd be against capital punishment and war. "Pro-choice" on the other hand really does mean pro-choice. It means the woman should choose whether or not she will carry a fetus to term. It's her decision, period! For the government to force a woman to carry a fetus to term against her will would be against every concept of personal freedom this country stands for. Still, his suggestion that we should actually care about people after they're born is interesting. Coming from him, that sounds pretty liberal.

    July 25, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Tony

    John, let me give you a counter example. All people are against getting shot, but that does not stop some people from insisting their right to bear arms trumps other people's right to live. People who got shot committed no crime, and they had no choice.

    July 25, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. ART

    Hey didn't I see Him on TV falling asleep at a Yankees game, but seriously Rethuglicans are nincompoops they are pro life, but won't do anything to help all those kids after they are born,they are cutting all social services for the poor and like jb1963 said they have no qualms about sending young men and women to die in some god forsaken place for no good reason. Evertime I hear the war mongers Graham and Mccain open their idiotic mouths I cringe

    July 25, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. R

    Conservatives hate abortion, love the death penalty, love to send our young men into useless wars for corporate profits, love to imprison the youth they kept from being aborted...

    July 25, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Christie made a big deal out of pretending to be a moderate until he was caught snickering over all the Democratic voters trapped on the bridge, late taking their kids to school and late work. Now that we know his promise to reach across the aisle is dead, there's really no reason to pay him any attention at all. He won't be re-elected governor and he won't make senator, and he'll end up as a lobbyist like they all do.

    July 25, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. gadem

    As others have stated, the GOP only cares about the unborn child. Once that child gets here....too bad so sad, they are on their own.

    July 25, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. TheMovieFan

    JDD...Catholics and Christians?

    July 25, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. rs

    The ultimate irony perhaps is that the same "pro-life" crowd will:
    1. Take away food support for the poor- much of which goes to children
    2. Work tirelessly holding 50-60 meaningless ($1.5 million each) votes to TAKE AWAY health care insurance from 11 million Americans
    3. Allow 47,000 Americans to die each year because they could not obtain health insurance
    4. Want to end Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at some huge unknown cost of human life.
    5. Allow more than 50,000 Americans to die each year in gun violence because the NRA promotes it as acceptable.
    6.Supports destroying the environment in exchange for the almighty dollar- causing the end of entire species- and probably ultimately humankind as well.

    I could go on- but it is clear that the one thing the GOP is not, is: PRO-LIFE.

    July 25, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Beth

    This woman is not a chauvanist and is pro-life. Don't parrot the dem line to me about republicans hating women. What a joke and what a lie. I have done very well in life and you need to worry more about yourself. If you are a loser, not my fault. Me, I believe in the sanctity of life.

    July 25, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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