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Former Celgene chairman Bob Hugin is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey (HUGIN CAMPAIGN PHOTO)

Hugin’s pro-choice stance leaves abortion opponents in a lurch

New Jersey Right to Life may look to third-party candidates in Senate election

By Nikita Biryukov, June 15 2018 6:05 pm

Bob Hugin’s coming out as a pro-choice Republican won’t do him any favors with more traditional Republican voting blocks.

For one, he’s lost the support of New Jersey Right to Life, the state’s largest pro-life group.

“We find it very disappointing that Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Hugin is pro-abortion. He’s going to need the pro-life vote in order to win this race, and right now, it is not looking like that’s going to happen,” said Marie Tasy, the group’s executive director. “Pro-Life Voters will either stay home or vote for a third-party candidate.”

Hugin on Thursday released a TV ad burnishing his service record in the U.S. Marine Corps. In the ad, he announced stances that mark a departure from traditional Republican stances on abortion, gay marriage and pay equity.

“I served my country in the Marine Corps. And in the Marines, it’s not about Democrats or Republicans it’s about working together. That’s what we need more of in Congress.  That means being a different kind of Republican,” Hugin said in the 30-second spot. “I am pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and strongly support equal pay for equal work. Politicians would rather point fingers. I will be different. I will lead. It’s time to send in a Marine. I’m Bob Hugin and I approve this message.”

Those stances aren’t outside of the mainstream for New Jersey voters, and they might not even be a stretch for a large number of New Jersey Republicans, but they’re something of a departure from the views the party holds under President Donald Trump.

They could harm his performance among voters loyal to the president come November, and that harm may bleed down the ballot.

At the very least, Tasy’s group won’t be backing Hugin. N.J. Right to life will be looking at the state’s third-party candidates to see if, funds allowing, there’s a candidate in that crowd they can back against the two pro-choice party candidates.

The Hugin campaign declined comment on this story.

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7 thoughts on “Hugin’s pro-choice stance leaves abortion opponents in a lurch

  1. Hugin says, “I strongly support equal pay for equal work”

    That has been the law since 1965. Here’s why women average less pay than men:

    Many of America’s most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts:

    “In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejka’s 2005 survey.” http://www.amednews.com/article/20120326/business/303269974/1/

    “Why Women Are Leaving the Workforce in Record Numbers”

    “Some years ago, for example, I found out that young young female doctors made much less money than young male doctors…but when you’re looking into it you discover that young male doctors work an average of 500 hours a year more than young female doctors and they get paid for the 500 hours….” -An April 18, 2018, Rubin Report interview of Thomas Sowell about his book “Discrimination and Disparities,” at 31:36 in the YouTube video.

    “…34 percent of women pursuing graduate degrees are in an education field, where the median salary is less than $70,000, while that field attracts only 13 percent of men in grad school. By contrast, men are over-represented in fields like internet technology and business, where median earnings are over $100,000.” http://www.nasdaq.com/article/grad-school-can-be-worth-it-if-you-pick-wisely-20180110-01206

    “…[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelor’s degree from a top school are working full time.” It “is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations’ top ranks.”

    “In general, across all college majors, women are four times more likely than men to become social workers and 35 times more likely to become preschool or kindergarten teachers. And though women make up almost 60 percent of undergraduate students on campuses nationwide, they are also 30 percent likelier not to be working after graduation.”

    “Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable” http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/09/15/1502567112.full.pdf

    “Women Dominate College Majors That Lead to Lower-Paying Work” -Harvard Business Review, April 19, 2017 https://hbr.org/2017/04/women-dominate-college-majors-that-lead-to-lower-paying-work

    “A study of students graduating from Carnegie Mellon found that 57% of males negotiated for a higher starting salary than had been offered, compared to just 7% of females. As a result, starting salaries of men were 7.6% (almost $4,000) higher than those of women.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-martinez/important-considerations–in-assessing-the-gender-wage-gap-in-medicine_b_6566762.html

    Men help create the gender wage gap by choosing jobs that pay enough to support themselves, a spouse, and children — something women rarely do.

    See other reasons the wage gap hasn’t closed after thousands of measures over many decades:

    “Salary Secrecy — Discrimination Against Women?” http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/salary-secrecy-discrimination-against-women/

  2. Libertarian Murray Sabrin is the choice for pro-life voters in NJ for the US Senate race this year. The time has come to dump both big party candidates. Enough is enough. Vote for liberty and life, vote Murray Sabrin.

  3. Satan’s plan unfolds. It is a no good option for catholic voters in NJ. If Hugin is a catholic he should be excommunicated. This state need an exorcism. It is a stronghold of evil and corruption.

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