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Chris Christie Endorses Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

The governor of New Jersey signs up on an anti-abortion cause.
Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, in tandem with the conservative American Principles Project, has been asking Republican presidential hopefuls to take a pledge. One by one–either with preexisting legislation, or new statements–they have come aboard, and supported bans on abortions after 20 weeks. On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the SBA List a statement of his support for a "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks."

Christie's full statement, with characteristic story-telling about his own political acumen–and some characteristic amnesia about his 1990s pro-choice stance: