Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he didn't care about the GOP platform and echoed his call for Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to resign less than a week before he delivers the keynote at the Republican National Convention.
At a press conference in New Brunswick, N.J. on Wednesday, the governor was asked by WNYC about whether he would go against the plank in the Republican platform that opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake.
“I don't really care about the platform. And I don't think most Republicans care about the platform. And I don’t think most Republicans can tell you what the platform said,” Christie said.
The governor opposes abortion but supports the exception for rape, incest or health of the mother.
The issue of abortion has become a central issue on the eve of Christie’s keynote address after Akin said he didn’t believe women get pregnant in cases of "legitimate rape," remarks that drew condemnation from Republicans across the country.
“Forget he should drop out of the race, he should drop out of public life,” Christie said. “He put out this commercial I saw this morning that said he apologized for what he said. I don't care what he said. I'm offended by what he thinks.”
But when WNYC asked the governor whether he considered himself a moderate and what role he would take now within the party to move it back toward the center on social issues, Chrisite objected to the question.
“You really need to know my role in the Republican Party is nationally? I’m the keynote speaker Tuesday night,” Christie boomed. “I got a pretty good gig in the in the Republican Party nationally, okay, so that’s my role. And I am not going to be someone who is going to give in to you people wanting to label me.”
Christie wouldn’t say much about the content of his coming speech, except that it wouldn’t include the words “The Jersey Comeback” – the theme of his townhalls in the Garden State for several months.