TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said politicians should be more focused on more pressing national and international issues than on the issue of female contraception access that has dominated recent headlines.
“I don’t think we should spend a lot of time talking about it,” he said, saying simply that women should have access to it. “In my mind, that’s a personal choice.”
The question came up when a woman asked how he would advise Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the issue. Christie has endorsed Romney and has frequently campaigned for the former Massachusetts governor, including a weekend stop in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln will hold its primary Tuesday.
“It’s a silly issue for us to be spending time on,” he said, saying more focus should be on preventing joblessness, foreclosures and international issues like Middle East turmoil and the European debt crisis.
He added that his proposed budget calls for additional funding for federally qualified health centers where women could receive their health care.
The issue has become something of a lightning rod, particularly among conservatives, and has helped Romney’s chief opponent in the GOP Presidential Primary, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.