Chris Christie Lashes Out At RNC Chair Over Abortion

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie took aim at Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel over her suggestion that abortion isn’t just a state issue, The Hill reported.

While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on November 19, Christie was asked by host Kristen Welker about McDaniel’s recent abortion comments when she appeared on “Meet the Press” the previous week.

McDaniel said that there was “a lot of discussion to be had” on abortion and insisted that the GOP couldn’t simply say that it is a state issue “and be done.”

Christie took issue with McDaniel’s comment arguing that it is up to each state and their residents to make their own “judgment on this issue.”

Christie said as president he would want the American people to decide the abortion issue, saying this was “the right way to make this judgment.” Noting that McDaniel isn’t running for president and has never governed, Christie said the RNC chair “doesn’t know how hard these choices are” or how a president must “interact with people.”

In the third Republican primary debate in Miami in early November, when asked if Congress should pass a 15-week abortion law, Christie argued that abortion should be left up to the states.

Earlier this year, the former New Jersey governor suggested that if he was elected president, Americans would have to worry about a federal abortion ban.

When asked by Kristen Welker if he would have signed a 6-week abortion law when he was governor of New Jersey, Christie said the question was “ridiculous” since the Democrat-controlled state legislature would never have passed a 6-week abortion limit in the first place.

Welker pressed Christie on whether he would ever support such legislation on the federal level and Christie reminded her that he had been clear that the issue should be left up to the states. He said as New Jersey governor, he was pro-life and added that he has always believed in the sanctity of human life but he refused to play the “media game” on banning abortions at six, 12, 15, or 20 weeks.