Beck and Allen break with GOP to vote in favor of women’s heathcare bill

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-12) said this afternoon that she intends to vote in favor of restoring $7.5 million in women’s healthcare funding.

Beck also urged her colleagues to vote in favor of the funding championed by state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) over repeated vetoes by Gov. Chris Christie.

State Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) also said she intends to break in favor of the women’s health bill.

Rerouted into some new shore towns as a consequence of redistricting, including Long Branch and Asbury Park, Beck has an energized general election opponent in Freehold attorney Ray Santiago.

“This is hypocrisy at its best,” Santiago told when hearing of Beck’s prospective vote.

“The next thing is she’ll be changing her views on marriage equality because of the changes in the district,” the Democratic challenger said. “Women’s rights and women’s healthcare are not going to be easily dismissed in this district.”

But Beck did not really reverse. She voted for women’s healthcare last year, then was in China when the GOP abandoned the veto override.