Christie Said He Donated to Planned Parenthood, Now Says He Didn’t
Gov. Chris Chritstie's words have come back to haunt him again, this time about donations made to Planned Parenthood.
The governor was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" about a litany of liberal causes that Republican rival Marco Rubio claimed Christie had supported and donated to in the past including Planned Parenthood.
"I never donated to Planned Parenthood so that's wrong." he told host John Dickerson.
Rubio and Christie went tit-for-tat in their comments and ads about each other last week after Christie pointed out Rubio's missed Senate votes and accusing Rubio of trying to "slime his way" to the White House.
A PAC supporting Rubio ran an ad in New Hampshire calling Christie Preisdent Obama's "favorite Republican" while the Florida Senator during an interview on Fox Business News went through a laundry list of liberal causes it claimed were supported by Christie.
"Chris Christie personally contributed to Planned Parenthood," said Rubio.
"I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any such agency, to find private donations," NJ.com reports Christie was quoted saying in The Star-Ledger on Sept. 30, 1994. "It's also no secret that I am pro-choice. ... But you have to examine all the agencies needing county donations and prioritize them. I would consider all groups looking for funding, but there is a limit and we have to pick and choose."
Christie described himself as pro-life early in his career, but has since said he's pro-life.
Democrat Hillary Clinton received Planned Parenthood's first-ever presidential primary endorsement on Sunday.
“We're proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights. This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake," wrote Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards in a statement released by the group.
The Iowa caucus is Monday, Feb. 1, and the New Hampshire Primary is Tuesday, Feb. 9.