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June 6, 2013

Statement on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Interim Appointment of Jeffrey Chiesa to Serve in the U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. – Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding anti-choice Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) interim appointment of Jeffrey Chiesa to serve in the U. S. Senate:

“As we continue to mourn the loss of our longtime friend and champion in choice, Frank Lautenberg, it is our sincere hope that, while he fills this U.S. Senate vacancy, Jeffrey Chiesa will protect women and families to the same high standards set by his predecessor.

“Because Gov. Chris Christie’s anti-choice actions have crippled women’s health and family-planning programs in the Garden State, it remains to be seen whether Chiesa will put his affiliated politics aside and represent the progressive, pro-choice values New Jerseyans have voted for time and time again.

“Although Chiesa’s time in the U.S. Senate will be brief, we expect that he will do nothing to taint the legacy of this seat. Frank Lautenberg was a fighter for what was right, over what was politically expedient. Frank Lautenberg was a fighter for women and their families—we can only hope Chiesa will do the same.”

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