Since being elected to office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has developed a failed record on women's issues. Recently, NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, founder of the Jersey Girls Caucus, issued the Governor a report card, detailing his failing grades on issues like women's health, pay equity, and access to after-school programs.
As any elementary school student can attest, the worst part about a bad report card is that you have to bring it home to your parents to sign, and return to the teacher.
We want New Jerseyans who are concerned about the direction that the State is taking on women's issues to sign this report card, and let the Governor know that you're disappointed in his failed record when it comes to programs that matter to the women of the State. The Report Card grades are below:
Women's Health Care: F-
Teacher's Note: Student shows disregard for subject matter. Has repeatedly failed to make up work when given the opportunity. Also, math skills questionable -- suggested we could not afford women's health care funding at $7.5 million when it would bring in a 9-to-1 match in federal funds.
Pay Equity Legisation: D
Teacher's Note: The Legislature delivered a number of pay equity bills to the student in June. Recently, he approved one, conditionally vetoed two, and absolute vetoed a fourth. Note -- it appears student procrastinated on assignment, as the work was not turned in until the deadline.
Health Care Exchange Law: Incomplete
Teacher's Note: Student vetoed original legislation to enact State-based health exchange. New bill will be on his desk shortly. Given past statements about the federal Affordable Care Act, which no longer treats womanhood as a pre-existing condition, we will see whether he signs the new exchange law, a component of the ACA.
Child Care and After School Programs: D
Teacher's Note: Student eliminated funding for NJ After 3 program, but eventually reinstated funding after being shamed into it by Legislative Democrats.
Wynona's House: D
Teacher's Note: See Above. Wynona's House, named for the late Senator Wynona Lipman, serves the "child victims of abuse and violence" according to its website. Student was kept after school to complete assignment after enactment of the FY 2012 Budget.
Support for Republican National Agenda: A+
Teacher's Note: Student has shown particular zeal for the subject matter, marching in lock step with an extreme agenda set by the national GOP.
Social Skills: F
Teacher's Note: Student does not play well with others. Tried to incite a riot to "take a bat out" on a fellow student. Has called other students "idiots," "jerks," "stupid," and "numb-nuts" among other derogatory names.
To join the fight and stand up against the Governor's failed record on women, join the Jersey Girls Caucus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JerseyGirlsCaucus.