TRENTON, October 26, 2001 ( – The two leaders in New Jersey’s governor’s race, Democrat James E. McGreevey and Republican Bret D. Schundler, differ markedly on abortion, with Schundler being strongly pro-life and McGreevey pro-abortion. They also differ in religion, with Schundler a Protestant and McGreevey claiming to be Catholic.

In a letter released Monday, signed by all the Catholic bishops of New Jersey, the bishops urge Catholics to vote pro-life. LifeSite obtained a copy of the letter, published Wednesday in five diocesan newspapers. “We also call upon Catholic voters to use their voting privilege to reflect a choice of candidates who respect and sustain the dignity of all human life. Such choices make clear to all candidates that life issues are a determining factor in our voting decisions,” wrote the bishops.

Part of the letter, while not addressed to anyone in particular, could easily be read as applying to McGreevey. The bishops quoted the 1998 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document Living the Gospel of Life saying: “No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life.”

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