Chris Christie Distances Himself From Federal Abortion Ban: ‘Should Not Be Involved’

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Chris Christie Distances Himself From Federal Abortion Ban: ‘Should Not Be Involved’


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Presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a CNN town hall Monday that at the current moment, the federal government “should not be involved” when dealing with abortion.

The former New Jersey mayor was addressing questions from CNN host Anderson Cooper about whether he would sign an abortion ban into federal law if he were elected as president in 2024. When Christie said that he doesn’t “think we should be worried about that now” and that it was not the federal government’s job to get involved unless there was a total consensus among all 50 states.

“The federal government should not be involved unless and until there’s a consensus around the country from the 50 states making their own decisions about what it should be,” Christie said during the town hall. “And if at that time, there’s a consensus that has emerged, well then that’s fine.”

Christie also said he believed Roe v. Wade “was wrong” and that the decision to ban abortions should be left up to the states.

“What I stand for, Anderson is what conservatives have been arguing for for 50 years, which is that Roe [v. Wade] was wrong, there’s no federal constitutional right to an abortion and that the states should decide,” Christie told Cooper. “And I absolutely believe that each state should make their decision on this.”

Christie has said in the past that the “issue of abortion’s not in the Constitution,” making it a state problem, according to NBC News. Fellow candidate Donald Trump has also said in the past that he believed abortion was a state issue and would not support a federal ban but later attempted to walk back the comments after multiple pro-life organizations criticized the former president.

Christie did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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