Chris Christie – Governor of New jersey

His positions on issues:

  • Abortion: Christie is against abortion: “I am pro-life. Hearing the strong heartbeat of my unborn daughter 14 years ago at 13 weeks gestation had a profound effect on me and my beliefs.”[46] He has stated, with respect to his opposition to abortion, that he would not use the governor’s office to “force that down people’s throats”, but does favor restrictions on abortion such as banning partial-birth abortion, requiring parental notification, and imposing a 24-hour waiting period.[47] Christie’s lieutenant governor, Kimberly Guadagno, is, however, pro-choice.[48]
  • Drugs: Christie supports the notion of medical marijuana, but opposes New Jersey’s proposed medical marijuana bill, which would allow state-registered patients suffering from certain medical ailments to grow marijuana plants for personal medicinal use or purchase the drug at a licensed center.[49]
  • Education:
    • Christie, whose own children attend Catholic parochial school, is a strong supporter of the state granting tax credits to parents who send their children to private and parochial schools.[50]
    • He also supports the introduction of state-funded vouchers, which parents of students in failing school districts could use to pay the tuition of private schools, or of public schools in communities other than their own which agree to accept them.[51]
    • Christie has stated his intention to increase the number of charter schools in cities.[51]
    • Christie supports merit pay for teachers.[52]
  • Energy and environment:
    • Christie has stated that he believes that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is too big and is “killing business” with permit delays and indiscriminate fines. He announced that, if elected, the agency would be his first target for government reduction: he would reduce its workforce and strip it of its fish and wildlife oversight.[53]
    • Christie has stated that he intends to simultaneously spur growth in the state’s manufacturing sector and increase New Jersey’s capability to produce alternative energy. He has proposed a list of policy measures to achieve this, including giving tax credits to businesses that build new wind energy and manufacturing facilities, changing land use rules to allow solar energy on permanently preserved farmland, installing solar farms on closed landfills, setting up a consolidated energy promotion program, and following a five-to-one production to non-production job ratio in the creation of new energy jobs.[54]
  • Guns: Christie has said that he supports strict and aggressive enforcement of the state’s current gun laws.[47]
  • Illegal immigration:
    • While serving as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christie stressed that simply “[b]eing in this country without proper documentation is not a crime,” but rather a civil wrong; and that undocumented people are not criminals unless they have re-entered the country after being deported. As such, Christie stated, responsibility for dealing with improperly-documented foreign nationals lies with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not the U.S. Attorney’s Office.[55]
    • Christie has been critical about section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, enacted in 1996, which can be used to grant local law enforcement officers power to perform immigration law enforcement functions. Christie’s running mate, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, on the other hand, applied for and was granted approval under 287(g) to have officers at the county jail deputized as immigration agents.[56]
  • Organized crime:
    • Christie says that as United States attorney he was always tough on organized crime, though it did not rank as high among his priorities as public corruption, terrorism, violent street gangs or human trafficking did. He added that he stands by a 2007 comment he made that “the Mafia is much more prominent on HBO than in New Jersey.” [57]
  • Same-sex marriage: Christie has said that he favors New Jersey’s current law allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions, but would veto any bill legalizing same-sex marriage,[47] saying, “I also believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman…. If a bill legalizing same sex marriage came to my desk as Governor, I would veto it.”[46]
  • Taxes: Christie has promised not to raise taxes. He has also vowed to lower the state income and business taxes, with the qualification that this might not occur immediately: “I’m not saying I’m cutting taxes in the first year. The first thing we have to do is get our fiscal house in order, and that’s going to be tough.” He has not yet taken a position on the state’s property tax rebate program.[47]

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