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Gov. Chris Christie Stands Out Again, Stands Up to NRA

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“Don’t be dragging people’s children into this. “It’s wrong and I think it demeans them and it makes them less of a valid trusted source of information on the real issues that confront this debate.” – Gov. Chris Christie

THE PICTURE above is the first time Gov. Chris Christie showed himself as not your average Republican. At the height of the 2012 presidential election, when nor’easter Sandy had made New Jersey a casualty, Christie put governing above partisanship. On the Republican side, we just don’t see that often. Now Christie has done it again.

This time it’s over the N.R.A.’s soulless gun ad that uses President Obama’s children for political and capitalistic gains. Governor Christie didn’t mince words.

“I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” he said.

Christie said Obama’s daughters have no say over whether they have a security detail, nor do his children.

“I’m a father who is a public figure, who has four children and my children had no choice realistically in what I decided to do with my career and what affect that has had on their lives,” Christie said at a State House news conference.

There is no evidence that the Republican base will care, many of whom are the right wing wackos who lauded not ready for primetime candidates like Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, whom they rewarded with the first ever win by a Republican woman of a caucus or primary, even Newt Gingrich, who jumped through so many hoops in the primaries he seemed like a circus. performer.

However, if Republicans wanted a model for how to come back from oblivion and relate to the American people today as a party, Gov. Chris Christie provides it.

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4 Responses to Gov. Chris Christie Stands Out Again, Stands Up to NRA

  1. Jane Austen January 18, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    You don’t have to agree with everything Christie says politically but he proves there are sane Republicans out there, something that has been lacking for years. He knows when to put partisan politics aside. This is one of them. Good for him.

    • Taylor Marsh January 18, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      You know, ja, it’s unfortunate that you even felt you had to write “you don’t have to agree with everything Christie says politically…” while lauding him for behavior that earns the praise.

      It’s representative of what’s wrong with politics today.

      Christie has made very ballsy stances on Sandy, the funding for clean-up, and now takes on the NRA. ALL of which deserve praise, without qualification.

      That he says what’s on his mind is something not seen anywhere very often. People will never agree with everything a politician says. This goes to character, which is being revealed as something unusual in times where leadership is required. Standing up to the NRA is extraordinary for anyone on the right.

  2. Jane Austen January 18, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Taylor – I agree that it’s unfortunate that I have to write that kind of statement but when I have lauded Christie I have been chastised as though I had said something totally off the wall. I remember a time when Dems and Repubs had pretty rational discussions, not the wingnut kind of garbage that goes for discussion today that is neither rational nor logical. It makes no sense as far as I am concerned and really does belong in the theater of the absurd. I remember William F. Buckley and how I loved to listen to him. I didn’t often agree with him but he didn’t come across as a nut case and how he could use the English language. The other one was Gore Vidal. I love honest intelligent debate and we are not getting either today. I want an intelligent choice when I vote for my politicians and not be forced to vote for the least of two evils.

    • Taylor Marsh January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      You said a mouthful, lady.

      I just want to encourage people to not qualify or apologize for lauding a politician who stands up and leads, whatever their party affiliation.

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