Christie added that the National Rifle Association (NRA) should not be “dragging people’s children” in to the debate about gun control.
The New Jersey governor is a very outspoken Republican conservative, but it appears this time he is siding with Obama, reports Mediaite.
The NRA’s ad accuses President Obama of hypocrisy because he sends his children to a school protected with armed guards. This is considered hypocritical because the president doesn’t want armed guards in all public schools.
During a news conference on Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, Christie stated:
“I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe. 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.”
Politico notes that Chris Christie also chastised the NRA for the ad by saying it was off-base. He added that it belittled the NRA and made the organization “less of a valid source of information.” The New Jersey governor also warned the NRA, “don’t be dragging people’s children into this,” adding that doing so is wrong. In the controversial NRA ad, the narrator says:
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?”
It is widely accepted that the president’s children are in more danger than the general public because of their association with the leader of the United States. The first family, therefore, has a Secret Service detail assigned to them.
Christie was also asked if he was concerned about incurring the wrath of the NRA for his statements. He responded by saying:
“I’m not worried about anybody on any side of this argument. I’m not worried about the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence either. I’m willing to listen to all of them. None of them have all the answers, even if they think they do. I’m fine, I’ll be OK, I’m a big boy.”
What do you think of Chris Christie’s response to the NRA for their ad about Obama’s daughters?