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Female Republicans in New Jersey Don’t Find it Easy to Back Trump

Christie might be one of Trump’s main men, but that’s not enough for all GOP women

Even though Gov. Chris Christie is one of Donald Trump’s key advisors, support for the presumed Republican presidential nominee among state Republicans has been soft, when compared with support for Mitt Romney, the party’s candidate in the 2012 election.

Among GOP women, that support has been even softer. (Trump’s negative numbers among women voters nationally are as high as 70 percent in some polls.) But not every unenthusiastic female GOP operative is ready to be vocal on the subject. One lawmaker said she hadn’t been pressured to back Trump, but was advised to keep any objections to herself.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is among a small group of GOP women who would even discuss the subject. “Have I had some apprehensions throughout this campaign? Yes, and I think most women who are Republicans have as well,” she said. I’m cautiously optimistic that, in light of some of the shake-ups in his campaign, that we’re going to start to hear more concise, well thought-out, reasoned policy, as opposed to just sound bites in order to get headlines.”

Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg said, “I want to support somebody from the party for the presidency but it has to be someone that represents the Republican Party’s initial principles, and right now, he doesn’t.”

Sen. Jen Beck likewise bucks Christie on Trump. “I don’t care what party you are; your first job is to do the best for the people you represent. I feel I would be doing a disservice to those I represent by getting behind Donald Trump,” she said in a statement.

Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno is said to have her reservations about Trump but even more reservations about Clinton. Officially, though, she -- like most of the state’s female GOP leaders when asked about Trump -- had “no comment.”

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