Is Gov Christie moving Left on Abortion?


Almost forgotten amid the hubbub of the election, Hurricane Sandy, the Christie-Obama “bromance”, the Christie-Springsteen “bromance”, and the power outages, was a little reported announcement by the Governor’s office on October 23, 2012. On that date, Governor Chris Christie announced that he was giving a total of $19.5 million in tax money to 54 organizations for “vital care, treatment and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.” Here is the text of the Governor’s press release:

Trenton, NJ - Governor Chris Christie and Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd today visited the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Brunswick to announce more than $19.5 million in state funding for 54 community organizations, hospitals and health agencies for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Hyacinth, the oldest and largest organization in the state serving those with HIV/AIDS, received the largest funding award in the amount of $2.1 million to assist in their comprehensive array of services provided to those who need them most.

“Today’s funding announcement is a significant investment in our community organizations that are on the frontlines in the battle against HIV. These grants will provide $11.2 million for HIV counseling, testing and education and $8.3 million for medical care and social services including housing aid and legal services,” said Governor Christie. “It’s community organizations just like Hyacinth that are providing a vital safety net and vision that is worthy of our continued support. We are joined by a common vision and belief that we have a moral imperative to help people in need of treatment.”

Governor Christie and Commissioner O’Dowd met with several clients of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, an organization that has helped more than 50,000 clients over the course of three decades through prevention, counseling and testing, legal services, housing assistance, referrals for health care and assistance to offenders re-entering the community.

Other grantees include the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, nearly $1.9 million; Cooper Health System in Camden, $976,753; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, $786,835; Camden Area Health Education Center, $704,642; Jersey City Medical Center, $648,000; the John Brooks Recovery Center in Atlantic City, $679,245; and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, $678,529.

Commissioner O’Dowd said the grants “ensure that more New Jersey residents will know how to protect themselves, have the opportunity to get tested and get the treatment they need. Working with our partners, we can reduce the transmission of HIV and improve the quality of life of those living with HIV/AIDS.”

Earlier this year, the Administration distributed $8.1 million in federal funding to organizations providing medical and support services to those living with HIV/AIDS. These services include health care services, home health care, transportation, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, hospice care and other social services.
Nationally and in New Jersey, one in five living with HIV are unaware they are infected. Approximately 105,000 HIV tests were performed at 140 HIV testing sites last year. Testing sites, which are located in all 21 counties, include community organizations, hospitals, health departments, community health centers and other health care facilities.

More than 36,000 people in New Jersey are currently living with HIV. Nearly 7,000 state residents with HIV/AIDS receive medications through the Department’s AIDS drug distribution program.

The Christie Administration is directing resources more wisely to help New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents by:

  • Providing nearly $1 billion to hospitals for the medical care they provide to New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents;
  • Increasing funding for community health centers by $10 million to a record high of $50 million; and
  • Increasing funding by $3.5 million in the current budget for cancer screening for those most in need to a total of $12 million in public funds (federal & state).

Today’s grants range from $19,500 to $2.1 million. The grantees will receive funding in monthly installments. A complete list of grantees is available at

If you click the link you will find that one of the groups receiving money from the Christie administration is Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, located in Morristown, Morris County. It received a grant of $154,400.00.

This issue has now come full circle for Chris Christie. Back in the autumn of 1994, this same Planned Parenthood organization was lobbying for its public funding to be restored by Morris County. Then candidate for freeholder Christie had this to say:

“I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution… It’s also no secret that I am pro-choice … But you have to examine all the agencies needing county donations and prioritize them. I would consider all groups looking for funding, but there is a limit and we have to pick and choose.”

As late as December of 2008, Chris Christie would not confirm if he was pro-life or pro-choice on abortion. In 2009, Christie ran for Governor as a pro-life candidate. Does his funding of Planned Parenthood mark yet another adjustment in his position on this issue? Many insiders and activists are thinking that it might.

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  1. Bbibbett says:

    Perhaps Christie trying to pick a fight with Republicans so he has an excuse to switch parties.

  2. truther says:

    Well you know very little then. Planned Parenthood’s core business is abortion.

    Why doesn’t this caped crusader find a liberal blog to play super-hero on? If Chris Christie took a dump in the middle of the road this asshole would try to defend it.

    Have some self-respect and stop hero worshipping. You sound like a Nazi defending Hitler.

  3. Robert Hode says:

    I don’t like using words like “ignoramus” or “idiot” but when some says abortion is Planned Parenthood’s core business it’s hard to refrain. You’ve left the realm of credibility, Truther, now we all know your just intoxicated by the Kool-Aid.

  4. truther says:

    Another asshole.

    “Planned Parenthood is the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health services, including cancer screening, HIV screening and counseling, contraception, and abortion.[3][4][5] Contraception accounts for 35% of PPFA’s total services and abortions account for 3%; PPFA conducts roughly 300,000 abortions each year, among 3 million people served.”

    Tell me dumbass, what is the big ticket item. You know, the expensive surgical procedure? Contraception? Cancer screening? HIV screening? Counseling? Abortion?

    10% of their 3 million customers get abortions.

  5. truther says:

    If it wasn’t their core reason for existing, they would not do it and remove any limitations to their funding. They won’t, because it’s why they exist.

    Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009, according to a fact sheet the group published last month.

    That is about as many as the 333,012 people who lived in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The 332,278 abortions Planned Parenthood performed over the 365 days of 2009 equals an average of 910 lives terminated per day–or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.

    Planned Parenthood, according to its most recent annual report, also received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during its fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009.

    Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tait Sye recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that 90 percent of that $363.2 million came directly from the federal government or from Medicaid, a federal-state program. Thus, Planned Parenthood received about $326.88 million from federal programs in 2009.

    Although the money from federal programs that went to Planned Parenthood in 2009 theoretically paid for things other than the 332,278 abortions the organization performed that year, the fact remains that Planned Parenthood—an abortion provider–received subsidies from federal programs that equaled about $932 per abortion it performed.

    Planned Parenthood has not yet reported how many abortions it performed in 2010.

  6. truther says:

    Wall Street Journal:

    Planned Parenthood’s Hostages
    The abortion provider uses a vast media and political network to maintain its subsidies from government and private charities.

    The Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated since 1982 to fighting, and one day curing, breast cancer, decided to extricate itself from the culture wars by discontinuing grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions. The grants Komen had been making amounted to $650,000 last year, funding some 19 local Planned Parenthood programs that offered manual breast exams but only referrals for mammograms performed elsewhere.
    The reality is that Planned Parenthood—with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion—does little in the way of screening for breast cancer. But the organization is very much in the business of selling abortions—more than 300,000 in 2010, according to Planned Parenthood. At an average cost of $500, according to various sources including Planned Parenthood’s website, that translates to about $164 million of revenue per year.
    So how did Planned Parenthood and its loyal allies in politics and the media react to Komen’s efforts to be neutral in the controversy over abortion?
    Faced with even the tiniest depletion in the massive river of funds Planned Parenthood receives yearly, the behemoth mobilized its enormous cultural, media, financial and political apparatus to attack the Komen Foundation in the press, on TV and through social media.
    The organization’s allies demonized the charity, attempting to depict the nation’s most prominent anti-breast cancer organization as a bedfellow of religious extremists. A Facebook page was set up to “Defund the Komen Foundation.” In short, Planned Parenthood took breast-cancer victims as hostages.

  7. Jose Hernandez says:

    How could our governor support such an organization? He knows it is very controverial. Why stir it up? Just stay away from the controversy. Something seems amiss.

  8. Robert Hode says:

    Jeez Truther by your own admittance abortion accounts for only 3% of of the services provided by Planned Parenthood. It does not matter what side of the debate you’re on - 3% is hardly their “core business”. You appear to be as fanatical as Todd Akin. Just because you keep saying something doesn’t mean it’s true.

  9. truther says:

    What a dumbass. Abortion is their big ticket item, dumbass, their core business and reason for existing. It is why they fight so hard for it and they use their funds not only to perform them. but to promote them and to defend the practice.

    Maybe even an ass like you can understand this: How many birth control pills does it take to equal the cost of a single abortion?

    Go back and read Founder Sanger, jackass, and you will understand the kind of racism that you are defending:

    “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

    – Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith
    Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America . New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

    No matter how controversial abortion is, Planned Parenthood is about it. You and your fellow leftists Hode are not real socialists, you are actually National Socialists.

  10. truther says:

    “Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying… demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism … [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant … We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”
    – Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization , 1922. Chapter on “The Cruelty of Charity,” pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

    Come on piss brain Hode, now lead us in a chorus of the Horst Wessel Lied.

    I love smart asses who think they are fashionable leftists when they are really backwards fascists.

  11. truther says:

    Hey Hode, is Planned Parenthood’s Founding brain “as fanatical as Todd Akin”?

    “Give dysgenic groups [people with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization.”
    – Margaret Sanger, April 1932 Birth Control Review .

    You dumbass little Nazi.

  12. truther says:

    The Margaret Sanger Award is an honor awarded annually by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 1966. Created to honor the legacy of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and an early advocate of family planning, it is the Federation’s highest honor. It is given to individuals to recognize excellence and leadership in the reproductive health and rights movement.

    Maybe Christie wants to be on Planned Parenthood’s honors list?

  13. Robert Hode says:

    Right! Now you’re an ardent opposer of Margeret Sanger. You’re just parroting all the hyped-up points made by all the boneheads that came before you aa if yoy didn’t secretly feel that all the welfare moms should be sterilized. You can’t have your cake and eat it too Einstein. The fact is Planned Parenthood is NOT just about abortion but you will never admit that you made a mistake or perhaps exaggerated or stretch the truth to make an argument. Just like blaming the election on Christie or calling any one that disagrees with you a democrat; you’re a fly in the ointment of Republican ambitions. Try living up to your namesake and spare us the fanaticism.

  14. truther says:

    What a toad you are Mr. Hode!

    You actually support that 1930’s anachronism Maggie Sanger? Read her you idiot and you will soon see that she isn’t so far removed from Dr. Mengele.

    Funny how when you are confronted with her quotes and the sources they come from you avert your eyes. Like a neo-Nazi when confronted with the Holocaust. Then, just like a neo-Nazi, you try to say that it is all untrue, a hoax.

    Deny, deny, isn’t that the big lie way that Dr. Goebbells taught you to do it.

    The fact is Planned Parenthood is NOT just about abortion

    There you go making things up again. Hode the liar. Hode the brownshirt bully.

    Never said that Planned Parenthood was ONLY about abortion. I said that abortion was at its core. And it is. The fact that you have changed the subject to a lie indicates that you recognize it too.

    Planned Parenthood came out of the same 1930’s authoritarian cesspool as other ideas and organizations that wanted to place women’s bodies at the disposal of the state. Sanger reads like Nazi theory on selection and breeding. She would have fit in at any Bund Deutscher Mädel meeting.

    Go ahead, keep pushing your neo-Nazi ideals, but please don’t fancy yourself a liberal. You are illiberal.

  15. truther says:

    spare us the fanaticism

    You have to be kidding. You want to talk about fanatics?

    Remember Dr. Lothrop Stoddard? Stoddard was a Sanger supporter and pro-Nazi who wrote The Rising Tide of Color Against White Supremacy

    Stoddard was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Birth Control League, a forerunner to Planned Parenthood by Margaret Sanger.

    Yes, you are damned right I have a problem with Maggie Sanger. Just like I have a problem with David Duke.

  16. You are no longer welcome on this web site. Go live your life in the depths of hell that you appear to enjoy and occupy.

    Chris Christie’s superhero defender wantonly and maliciously infects your computer when you click on his links. If you did so, CNJ strongly suggests you immediately run your anti-virus and/or malware software to disinfect your computer.

    This is a new low for our Governor’s supporters.