NBC’s Kristen Welker pressed Christie on “Meet the Press” over McDaniel’s abortion feedback on the present final week, the place she mentioned “there’s quite a lot of dialogue available, however we will’t simply say it’s a state’s concern and be finished.” Christie pushed again on these remarks, saying “each state and its individuals ought to make its personal judgment on this concern.”
“I need the American individuals to resolve. That’s the fitting method to make this judgment. And with all due respect to Ronna, she’s not operating for president, and she or he’s by no means ruled. So she doesn’t know the way exhausting these decisions are and the way you must work together with individuals,” Christie mentioned.
Christie mentioned in the course of the third GOP presidential debate earlier this month that the difficulty of abortion needs to be left to the states, avoiding the query of whether or not Congress ought to contemplate a 15-week abortion ban on the federal degree.
He additionally recommended earlier this yr that People shouldn’t worry about a possible federal abortion ban if he have been elected president. He echoed comparable feedback throughout Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press,” declining to reply whether or not he would assist a six-week abortion ban.
Welker additionally requested him whether or not he would have signed a six-week ban when he was governor of New Jersey — a query that Christie labeled as “ridiculous.” He mentioned that with a Democratic-controlled Legislature, “no ban would’ve come to my desk.”
When pushed additional on whether or not he would again a six-week ban, he dodged answering the query.
“Kristen, I’ve mentioned my place on this, which is that each state and its individuals ought to make its personal judgment on this concern,” Christie mentioned. “I’ve ruled as a pro-life governor in New Jersey, and I imagine within the sanctity of human life. However I’m not going to get into this media recreation of six weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks, 20 weeks.”