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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.