This is sinking pretty low, even by Gov. Chris Christie’s standards. Apparently, Christie took out his frustrations at former New Jersey Gov. Codey by cutting this program:
What has been the most significant of those “slights”?
The most significant probably was taking the postpartum program that my wife developed in Columbus House out of the budget, and refusing to restore the money each time the Legislature put it back in the budget. You go after me, I’m a big boy. But you don’t, you don’t do that to my wife. That’s beyond the pale.
See, my wife had suffered severe postpartum depression. She talked about it personally, and the fact that she had 20 elective shock therapy treatments and she’s fine right now … [chose to] stand up and speak out about the issue so they get help and hopefully get cured …
What was the impact of that program being cut?
Well, the impact is that women who are suffering from postpartum depression don’t have that program to help them. And where do they turn to help? Especially those who don’t have the resources to pay a psychiatrist and get medications.
Are you convinced that that program was cut because of animus toward you?
Absolutely. Absolutely, positively, unequivocally yes. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Like all politicians, Christie sticks with what made him successful. In his case, it was brutally using the power of the attorney general’s office, sometimes to target potential political opponents. Just like Democratic politicians who came of age in the 1990s and who usually behave in certain stereotypical ways (e.g., compromising on everything, even when it’s not warranted), Christie’s modus operandi has been to curb stomp his opponents. It’s what he does. He doesn’t always do it, but that’s his basic instinct.
That it affects women’s health is of no consequence to the man.