Well, if nothing else, you can’t say that politicians in New Jersey give up easily. For the third time since 2010, the state senate has voted to reinstate almost $7.5 million in family planning funding that Governor Chris Christie cut from the state budget.
Will they be any more successful this time?
The state Senate has passed a bill to restore $7.45 million in funding for family planning centers that Gov. Chris Christie cut last year.
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The legislation (S2899) seeks to take advantage of an unexpected state revenue boost estimated between $511 million and $913 million. Introduced last week and put on the fast track to passage, the bill cleared the Senate 26 to 13 – just one vote short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn a potential veto by Christie.
“We are in the second decade of the 21st century, and the fight over poor women’s access to birth control I thought was finished,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen).
With additional money coming into the state this time, as well as a matching grant of $9 million for an additional $1 million in low income family planning services proposed in the senate, it has become fairly obvious Christie will not be able to hide behind the fig leaf of “fiscal restraint” and needed budget cuts if he does veto the bill again.
No, it would be clear that it has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with stopping women’s ability to control their own bodies.