Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey (R) vetoed $7.5 million dollars in funding for family planning clinics just before the July 1, 12:01 deadline.
The women’s health bill would have provided funding for Planned Parenthood as well as other clinics offering preventive health care such as mammograms, pap smears and cancer screenings. The funding would not have covered abortions.
Christie: “The budget I signed reverses irresponsible funding decisions, establishes funding levels based on realistic and responsible revenue assumptions and increases our surplus. I am unwilling to surrender the gains we have made to establish fiscal responsibility in the state budget.”