We have all been on someone’s “list” before and it’s usually not the good list. You know that list; you keep one of your own. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has also made a list, it’s not Letterman’s List, Craig’s List or even Angie’s List, this one released on Feb. 25, 2013, is Emily’s List.
In fact Emily and her supporters who state they are two million members strong have put Christie “on notice.” Emily’s List claims to be the largest resource for women in politics and in order to make the distinction of being on notice; candidates must meet two special criteria. First, they've amassed appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records. And second, there is major Democratic female talent waiting in the wings.
You can decide for yourself on the first criteria, as for the second, the woman waiting in the wings and challenging Christie is State Senator Barbra Buono who has not been shy about taking Christie to the mat on the typical liberal vs. conservative issues. “Chris Christie’s record is right wing and indefensible,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of Emily’s List. “He’s anti-choice, anti-equal pay, and doles out billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations while hammering working families with massive cuts to education and healthcare. Christie is a GOP extremist plain and simple, and New Jersey families need to know he’s not on their side.”
- Christie is anti-choice, and has decisively blocked access to reproductive healthcare for women in New Jersey. He vetoed a budget bill that would have given $7.5 million dollars to family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood, and has implemented funding cuts that led to the closure of six family planning clinics.
- He vetoed equal pay legislation. Many times. And he referred to attempts to eliminate wage discrimination in government contracts as “senseless bureaucracy.”
- Christie’s budget cuts targeted poor and working families and included: $46.5 million taken from Tuition Aid Grants, a college aid program for students from low-income families, $537,000 from the Wynona M. Lipman Child Advocacy Center in Newark for abused children, and $10 million from Legal Services, which provides much needed legal aid for low income individuals.
- Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase which hurt working families all across the state.
- But he approved a record $1.57 billion in ineffective corporate tax cuts. He’s willing to give millionaires and billionaires a break at the expense of struggling families, who have even more trouble accessing healthcare and education because of his budget cuts.
- Christie used a state helicopter for personal travel. The helicopter costs $2,500 an hour to operate.
- Christie is known as one of the most anti-union governors in the country and has worked tirelessly to dismantle workers’ rights in New Jersey. He supported a bill that could have destroyed collective bargaining and has unapologetically referred to union leaders as “thugs.”
- Under Christie’s watch, New Jersey ranks 48th in unemployment which is unsurprising considering Christie’s regressive economic policies. Voters disapprove of his handling of jobs and the economy, top priority issues for the upcoming election.
- Christie praised the infamous Ryan Budget, the regressive anti-family legislation that would have ended Medicare as we know it, cut food assistance for struggling families, and defunded Planned Parenthood. Voters across the country rejected the Ryan Budget last November.
- Christie is a right-wing Republican, and he wants to be your President. He has national ambitions and a relentlessly anti-woman, anti-family record, a dangerous combination that means we have to expose his extremism now, and prevent him from trying to take his regressive agenda nationwide. His positions on everything from reproductive healthcare and equal pay to workers’ rights prove that he just doesn’t have the same priorities as the electorate.
Depending on how influential Emily’s List is and how it helps Buono will be a wait and see game, they have been successful in other states, but as we all know, you don’t try to tell a “Jersey Girl” what to do or think.