EMILY’s List is out today with a fundraising email making the case that defeating Chris Christie in November is the best way to close out his hopes to reach the White House in 2016. Yes, we make the exact same point. But it’s reassuring when it’s underscored by national groups. EMILY’s List has a 28-year history of powering behind precisely the kind of candidate who is now gearing up to run against him.
In case you don’t remember what EMILY stands for, here’s a vintage West Wing clip, in which CJ Cregg explains to Toby Ziegler about “that girls’ group with the stupid name” just before she teams up to elect the fictional president that got me through the unfortunately real President Bush.
Here’s the last 3 of EMILY’s List’s Top 10 Reasons We Need to Defeat Chris Christie – find the Top 7 after the jump.
10. Chris Christie Vetoed Same-Sex Marriage
With the tide in America turning against bigotry and discrimination, and in one of the most solidly blue states in the country, Christie vetoed a bill sent to him by both houses of the New Jersey legislature that would enshrine marriage equality into law.
9. Chris Christie Is No Friend to Workers
Christie has built himself a reputation as one of the most anti-union governors in the country, referring to public school teachers as “thugs” and supporting a bill that would “destroy collective bargaining.”
8. Chris Christie Doesn’t Believe in Universal Pre-K
Not only does Christie oppose government-funded preschool for every child in his state, he attacked his predecessor’s plan as “simply wrong” and called it “government babysit[ting].”
7. Chris Christie Misuses State Funds
At a cost of $2,500 an hour, Christie used a state helicopter for personal travel. Probably not the use taxpayers had in mind.
6. Chris Christie Supports the Ryan Budget
Paul Ryan’s proposed federal budget would end Medicare as we know it, but Christie joined ultraconservative governors like Texas’s Rick Perry, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell to tell Ryan that his budget was what “voters clearly asked for.” [US News, published 4/6/11]
5. Chris Christie Vetoed a Hike in the Minimum Wage
Just last month, Christie vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that would raise the minimum wage in New Jersey — a state with the third-highest cost of living in the nation — from $7.25 an hour to $8.50, and index it to the consumer price index so it grows with inflation. Christie proposed a smaller increase, phased in over more time, which would not be indexed.
4. Chris Christie Vetoed Equal Pay Legislation
Christie isn’t shy about much, and that includes the use of his veto pen. He vetoed three of four bills passed by the legislature designed to outlaw pay discrimination against women in the workplace and called them “senseless bureaucracy.”
3. Chris Christie Targeted Poor Families in His Budget
It’s no surprise that Christie is a fan of Paul Ryan’s budget once you look at his own. His budget cut aid for tuition, for a center for abused children, for legal services, and for transitional aid to some of New Jersey’s neediest communities. When asked about the cuts, he said “I don’t care.”
2. Chris Christie Cut Funding to Family Planning Organizations
Christie got out his veto pen again for a budget that would have given $7.5 million to family planning organizations in the state, including Planned Parenthood. He blocked attempts to restore the funding, even using a line-item veto specifically to target women’s health in New Jersey.
1. Chris Christie Is Proudly Anti-Choice
Christie has declared himself against the side of women’s reproductive rights and on the side of those who would deny them, saying “I am pro-life.”
We can’t trust Chris Christie, not in New Jersey, and certainly not in the White House. This November may be our best chance to stop his ambitions.