By Phil Murphy
More than 200,000 Americans are expected to join the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, and at least another 700,000 are expected to attend sister marches around the world — including several here in New Jersey.
Donald Trump represents a historic threat to women everywhere — and there’s no time to waste in fighting back. After all, the Garden State has seen what happens when Trump-style demagogues take control and enact policies that harm women and families.
Almost seven years ago, Governor Christie defunded Planned Parenthood, cutting women’s healthcare by $7.5 million. Since then, at least six women’s health centers — clinics that provided cancer screenings, prenatal care, and birth control to thousands of women in need, at little or no cost — have closed their doors.
When the New Jersey legislature repeatedly offered up bills to close the wage gap, Christie blocked them. And today, New Jersey women make just 79 cents for every dollar made by men. Even worse, African-American women in New Jersey make just 58 cents for every dollar made by their white male counterparts — the second-widest gap in the country.
Today, let’s stand in solidarity with women marching for their rights — add your name to our petition to overturn Governor Christie’s actions that have defunded Planned Parenthood and blocked efforts to ensure equal pay.
Now that his allies are in control, Christie and his friends are taking their campaign against women national.
And with Trump at the helm, a man who’s faced repeated allegations of — and bragged about — sexual harassment and assault, there’s no telling what the future might hold.
But if there’s one thing that Saturday’s marches will make clear, it’s that women aren’t afraid to fight back — and neither am I.
Here in New Jersey, I’ll fight to ensure women have access to health care and contraception. I’ll make equal pay for equal work the law of the land. I’ll fight to stop sexual harassment and assault. And I’ll keep fighting to stop the Christie-Trump agenda that unfairly and unconstitutionally targets women, minorities, and people based on their religious beliefs.
It would be easy to be heartbroken by Trump’s inauguration. But as today’s actions across the world show, we will march forward together — add your name to the petition.