Gov. Christie gave no opinion today when asked about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations controlled by religious families could refuse to pay for contraception for employees, saying on a cable news program that “who knows” if the court is right.
“The fact is that when you’re an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution,” Christie said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” according to a transcript. “The point is, why should I give an opinion on whether they’re right or wrong?”
The court, taking up cases brought by craft-supply chain Hobby Lobby and a Lancaster county cabinet maker, ruled 5-4 Monday that an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraception coverage to workers violated a federal religious-freedom law.
Christie spent much of his time on the program talking up the need for further pension changes, saying he would announce a plan later this summer to deal with the costs of a system that, without reforms, will "eat us alive."
The Republican governor, who signed a fiscal year 2015 budget Monday that nixed tax hikes while slashing a scheduled payment into the pension system, also promoted his still-unspecified plan in interviews with the Wall Street Journal and conservative Washington website The Daily Caller.
Christie was asked on CNBC about his plans in 2016 – “I’m not running for anything at the moment,” he said – and where he fits in the Republican Party.
Labels “don’t matter to people like me, and they don’t matter to voters ... I believe I’m a conservative,” Christie said. “But there will be other people who will say, ‘No, he’s a moderate.’ There will be other people in my state who will say, ‘He’s crazy, he’s too far right.’”
After describing himself as “the first pro-life governor in the history of New Jersey,” Christie said that his stance on abortion “didn’t bog me down” in his November reelection win.
Then he was asked about the Supreme Court ruling. “This is the way you get bogged down in those things,” Christie said. “You know what? I don’t think that’s the most central issue we need to talk about this morning.”