Christie supports Supreme Court’s ‘Hobby Lobby’ ruling … finally

July 18, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday that he supports the Supreme Court's ruling that some employers can opt out of covering certain contraceptives for employees if it violates their religious beliefs.

It was the first time Christie, a potential 2016 candidate for president, offered his support for the decision in the case commonly referred to as "Hobby Lobby." While several other potential presidential candidates swiftly praised the ruling, Christie sidestepped the question when asked about it the day after the court released it.

"Do I support the Supreme Court's decision in the 'Hobby Lobby' case? I do," Christie said when asked about it during a Thursday swing through Iowa. The exchange was posted on YouTube by American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC.

In an interview with CNBC the day after the court's ruling, Christie said, "Who knows? Is the Supreme Court right. The fact is that when you're an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling, and you've got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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