STENDER: GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IS THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY

As the Christie administration hosts the annual Governor’s Conference for Women today, Assemblywoman Linda Stender pointed to the hypocrisy of the event, given the Governor’s track record on women’s issues.

“Chris Christie lending his title to this event is nothing more than a farce. He has a proven track record of putting ideology before the health needs of women throughout this state, regardless of the consequences.

“We fought tooth and nail for the past year to find alternative funding resources and solutions to avoid his devastating cuts for women’s health and family planning centers. Each solution was ignored while the Governor took center stage with one of the most conservative groups in our state and joined them in vehemently opposing a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

“If this Governor really wants to show his support for the women of this state, he should restore the cuts he made to vital health care services for women most in need. Hosting a conference on women without funding healthcare is like asking a woman out on a date and expecting her to pick up the tab,” said Stender (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union).