Saturday, November 28, 2015

Emily's List: Christie and Corbett

Emily's List has put Gov. Christie "on notice." Guess the group hasn't noticed the governor next door.

Emily's List: Christie and Corbett

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett are both Republicans. (File photos)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett are both Republicans. (File photos)

EMILY's List, a national political PAC aimed at electing pro-choice women, Monday issued a statement saying it is placing Gov. Christie "on notice" as the wrong choice for New Jersey.

The group called Christie "appallingly anti-woman" and argued against his reelection this year.

“Chris Christie’s record is right wing and indefensible,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “He’s anti-choice, anti-equal pay, and doles out billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations while hammering working families with massive cuts to education and healthcare. Christie is a GOP extremist plain and simple, and New Jersey families need to know he’s not on their side."

I doubt the guv's concerned.

Just last week, a Quinnipiac University poll put Christie's job-approval rating at 74 percent, an astounding number for any pol anywhere, especially these days.

Plus, the poll shows Christie doing well with women, and leading Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono 62-25.

Perhaps EMILY (it stands for Early Money is Like Yeast) would better serve its donors and its mission by looking elsewhere -- like maybe next door.

Gov. Corbett's polling numbers show less than a-third of women voters (31 percent) approve of his job performance. And pro-choice Allyson Schwartz says she intends to challenge Corbett next year.

Yes, Christie's race is this cycle and Schwartz, assuming she's in, is new to the contest. But you'd think a national political PAC that's been around since 1985 would maybe be a tad more selective in where it aims its resources.

Or, at least, take notice of political reality before putting anyone "on notice."

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