Gov. Christie Cites His Anti-Abortion Credentials
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday declared his opposition to abortion, confronting religious conservative critics hours before the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate planned to campaign in New Hampshire.
In his first major address to social conservatives, Christie declared that "every life is a gift from God that’s precious and must be protected."
Christie also said those who oppose abortion must protect human lives after birth.
"I believe if you’re pro-life, as I am, you need to be pro-life for the whole life," he said at a conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by Christian activist Ralph Reed. "You can’t just afford to be pro-life when the human being is in the womb."
The comments came in the midst of what amounts to a cross-country revival tour, after a home-state political scandal, that has featured policy speeches, late-night television appearances and campaign stops in key states on the presidential primary calendar.
His visit to New Hampshire was to be the first since the George Washington bridge scandal came to light and threatened to sink Christie’s 2016 hopes. The governor’s aides ordered lanes to the busy bridge closed as a way of causing traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, apparently in an act of political retribution against the town’s mayor.
Officially, Christie, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, intended to stop in New Hampshire to support gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. But the appearance also may represent the most tangible evidence yet of Christie’s growing interest in the presidency.
He and his advisers believe the worst of his political troubles are behind him, in part because no evidence has come out that he was personally involved in the bridge closure that led him to fire his top political adviser and deputy chief of staff.
Christie did not mention the bridge scandal during his Friday remarks in Washington.