Governor Christie, social and fiscal conservative
New Jersey politics has been the focus of my last few posts, so why stop now?
The Newark Star-Ledger reports:
Two weeks ago, the federal government awarded Gov. Chris Christie’s administration nearly $4.7 million in federal funding for teenage pregnancy prevention programs. But one-fifth of the money comes with one unbreakable string attached.
Nearly $1 million must be spent teaching kids to say no to premarital sex.
New Jersey had not sought abstinence funding since shortly after Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine took office in 2006, and he stopped competing for it the following year, said Michele Jaker, executive director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey. “We were among the first states to stop,” she said.
The decision to pursue abstinence funding didn’t get much attention as Christie carved himself a national reputation as a fiscal conservative. But it is the latest sign the governor is also beginning to pursue a socially conservative agenda, according to some advocacy groups from both the left and right, lawmakers and political scientists.
“Governor Christie is our first pro-life governor,” said Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life. “He is trying very hard to fix our state and restore our culture from the bad decisions and failed policies of previous administrations so that it will be a better place to raise our children and future generations.”
Social conservatives had eyed Christie warily as a gubernatorial candidate, questioning the sincerity of his conversion from being pro-abortion-rights to anti-abortion in the mid-1990s after becoming a father.
All of this, of course, doesn’t stop the extremism:
Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said the change in state health policy “is not pretty.”
“Between the cuts in funding access to birth control and applying for abstinence education, somehow we have people caught somewhere in the last century mentally,” she said.
Yeah. Who would’ve thought that teaching personal responsibility to teenagers and kids was a “last-century” concept? That, instead of the incessant funding of abortions and unlimited condoms on the back of taxpayers and at the expense of being able to teach their own children. What a novel idea.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard some concern-trolling on behalf of conservative commentators and others, that Christie is not really a conservative for any number of reasons– he supported Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate race, or his position on immigration reform, etc.
To that I say, wake up! Dare I say that Chris Christie is as conservative a governor as New Jersey will get in probably my lifetime. That he’s willing to bring his fiscal conservative ideals to fruition in the Garden State is more than what most voters imagined. For conservatives, that he wasn’t trumpeting his social conservative beliefs shouldn’t be so much of an issue, at least not in New Jersey, where fiscal matters were primarily on the minds of most voters. It doesn’t really matter anyway, as he’s speaking with actions and not words.
That’s what’s key.