STATE—The Republican National Coalition for Life Political Action Committee endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan.
The pro-life endorsement is perceived as a major blow to the campaign of former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, a liberal Republican who is unpopular with conservatives because he supports abortion and gay rights.
“I am honored by the RNC Life PAC endorsement, and I am proud of my longstanding pro-Life record,” said Lonegan. “I look forward to the day when as Governor I will be able to turn my pro-life principles into policy, including ending state funding for abortions.”
Christie responded to the endorsement by saying that he changed his position on abortion in 1995 when his wife was pregnant with his second child, but a 1996 Newark Star-Ledger story characterized the then-Morris County freeholder favoring abortion rights.
Marie Tasy, the executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, sent a July 19, 2007 letter to Christie asking him to investigate the state’s largest abortion clinic, Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood, after a 19 year old woman almost died from a botched abortion.
Based on claims that the abortion clinic performed 1,500 so-called ‘partial birth’ abortions a year, Tasy wanted Christie to enforce the federal law banning the procedure, for which the medical term is intact dilation and extraction.
The law was enacted in 2003, and in 2007 its constitutionality was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart.
According to news reports Christie had not responded several months after the letter was sent.
“New Jersey is hungry for a real conservative Republican who will stand with conviction and fight for his beliefs,” said Lonegan. “I am proud to be the only pro-Life candidate in the race for Governor and honored to receive the RNC Life PAC endorsement.”
The Republican National Coalition for Life supports candidates who support the Reagan Pro-Life GOP platform plank which states in part; “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”