We are at a crisis point in American history when it comes to women’s health and rights. We have a Congress and an administration that are unapologetic about their anti-woman agenda.

In Chris Smith we have a Congressman who believes women do not have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and if he had it his way, would overturn Roe v. Wade. His 38 year record on women makes very clear where he stands: defunding Planned Parenthood is a major priority for him, he voted against the Violence Against Women Act, he believes some forms of contraception should be illegal, and believes abortion should be 100% illegal even in the case of rape or when the woman’s life is at risk.

For the first time, the 4th Congressional District has a candidate in me that will without question, stand up for a woman’s right to choose. For the first time, this district has a candidate who will work to fully fund Planned Parenthood so they can continue to provide women of this district and country with affordable and safe healthcare.

We also need to make a commitment to women in the workplace. We have to confront the physical and sexual abuse of women head on because women have the right to a safe work environment, period. Committing to equal pay is also a major investment in our economic future as a country. Women in NJ are making 82 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same amount of work. Passing equal pay legislation is simply a way to better support families here in Central Jersey and allow them to thrive.