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Friday, October 28, 2016

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is once again breaking with the Republican Party, by announcing plans to significantly strengthen gun laws in the Garden State.

Christie is seeking to expand gun sale background checks, require parental consent for minors to buy violent video games, ban purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett rifle, and make it easier for doctors and courts to commit mentally ill individuals to treatment against their will, among other reforms. The ambitious plan, which Christie released one week after receiving 50 recommendations from his anti-gun-violence task force, would further strengthen what the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence already considers to be the nation’s second-toughest state gun laws.

“This is about violence control,” Governor Christie said at a press conference announcing the proposal. “In order to deal with the kind of violence we’re seeing, we must address the many contributing factors to that violence.”

“As we see unfortunately almost every day on the news, violence is all around us,” he added. “We have a responsibility to be the adults in the room on this conversation. Not just to pander to one side of this argument or the other. But we need to be thoughtful and we need to be informed and we need to focus on what steps will actually work, that aren’t just emotional responses that will make us feel good for the moment but that will do nothing to actually keep our state safe.”

The reform push is loaded with political implications for both Christie and the national Republican Party. In the short term, it should fortify Christie’s robust approval ratings in New Jersey, a solidly blue state where voters almost universally favor strengthening gun laws. Christie will stand for re-election in November, 2013.

The move could complicate an oft-rumored Christie presidential run in 2016, however, by further straining his already fraught relationship with the GOP’s right-wing base. The New Jersey governor angered many party activists by effusively praising President Barack Obama’s proactive response to Superstorm Sandy in the final days of the 2012 presidential campaign, then furiously denouncing House Speaker John Boehner for delaying a vote on a Sandy relief package until after the 112th Congress had adjourned. As a result of these perceived betrayals, Christie did not receive an invitation to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which tends to serve as a high-profile test for Republican presidential contenders.

If Christie does indeed seek the presidency in 2016, he will likely be the only serious Republican contender with aggressive gun reform efforts on his record. This could be a major hurdle, considering many Republicans’ strong opposition to gun reform (one recent poll found that just 37 percent of Republicans favor strengthening gun laws, compared with 83 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents.)

On the other hand, by seeking to expand background checks, Christie is going on record as backing a policy that nearly 9 in 10 Americans support. So while Christie’s reform plan could hurt his position in the primaries, it could also have a huge payoff if he made it to the general election. Ultimately, Christie’s gun reform push crystallizes the choice that Republican voters will face when they choose their next presidential nominee: Would they rather remain ideologically pure by shifting further to the right, or have a real chance to reclaim the White House?

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  • godblessusa

    Prioritizing people over guns?

    There goes the GOP nomination.

    • InsideEye

      Prioritizing people over guns has been hampered by arcane politically correct groups from allowing the dissemination of records of mentally ill young ones and adults to be listed in a meaningfully private system that allows for background checks without registration. This is the missing link and Christie is addressing this. There mentally dangerous that are being mainstreamed …students and adults without knowledge of peer groups…this is OK with proper oversight …oversight is lacking. When we spot Physical abuse in the ER we report these to authorities for the record for followup.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    I like his ideas.

    It’s about time, these doctors have more say in this. These doctors who deal with these types of nutcases every day, can no longer sit on the fence and not be held, at least to some degree, responsible.

    All of these mentally ill people need to be reported to the Feds in a national database that all law enforcement can access, gun dealers can access as well.

    I could think of a few more things to do along this line as well.

  • Politicians react to the will of their constituencies and, not surprisingly, the Republican Governor of a blue state is reacting accordingly. Hopefully he understands that his chances of being nominated for higher office by the people who endorsed the right of criminals and the mentally ill to purchase and own lethal weapons are slim to none.

    Needless to say, people afflicted by mental illnesses, including those who need behavioral medication to function, should not have access to guns of any type. Clearly, that did not bother Republican senator and the four yellow Democrats that voted for an UNREGULATED militia. Who will be held responsible when another nut commits an act of mass murder? Not the politicians who gave them access to the tools needed to carry out the crime.

  • Lovefacts

    This legislation will make Christie a tough national candidate, assuming he can get the nomintion. But he’s young enough, he can wait until the more liberal swing is further along.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Christie has no shot and winning a presidential election, let alone the primary. He’s nothing more than fat blowhard and phony Republican. Why would anyone vote for Christie who is just a DemonRAT lite when you could go all the way and vote for a full blown socialist from the DemonRAT party? They wouldn’t. That’s why McCain and Romney lost.

    When are you idiots on the left going to give up your obsession with our 2nd Amendment rights?

    Have a nice day!

    “Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the DemocRATS in Congress.” – Ted Nugent, comparing deer hunting to politics

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      Here you have a perfect example of the radical tea party right-wing Republican: foul-mouthed, insulting, name-calling, ignorant, vicious. This “Obozo” above IS not a fringe element-he, or she, IS today’s Republican Party and will never give up his and their stranglehold over the party. If ever someone like him/her got into political power we would probably have a second civil war because Obozo and his ilk are 100% fascists, not conservatives. But I think it unlikely that his ilk will achieve power because most Americans, about 77% statistically, are not willing to let little Hitlers like him destroy our democracy.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Elliot, you’re a useful idiot and a moron… clearly! Nice attempt at repeating the leftist freak cartoon characterization of conservatives, but it’s not gonna fly with me. You’re dumber than you look And for all of you leftist freaks and useful idiots out there that have not been educated in the true meaning of NAZI, I will repost the same thing I have been posting for 1+ years on this topic. Just to straighten out you idiots that have no clue what you are talking about:

        And for all of you leftist freaks out there who are incapable of simple thought, let’s review the basic meaning of the term ‘Nazi’…. NAZI is an acronym for National Socialist Party. Knowing that, which of our 2 parties is most likely to be a home to people who identify more closely with the ideas of socialism? Come on…. be honest… which one? That’s riiiiiiiiight… The DemonRATS are the party for socialists in America. In fact, it can be argued quite well that the old party called DemonRAT should be called the Socialist Party in modern times. So, before all you leftist nutjobs start trying hurl the ‘Nazi” label around, remember what it REALLY means!

        Nazi = Socialist = DemonRAT

        You’re only casting dispersions on yourself, you stupid moron.

        Have a nice day!

        “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” -Thomas Jefferson

        • walker442

          This is some low quality trolling.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Any interaction with you leftist freak drones is low quality interaction. When I come into the sewer that is The Memo, it’s likely that I will get sewage on me. Just sayin….

            Have a nice day!

            “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

          • walker442

            ‘Have a nice day!’

            Thanks troll, I will!

        • Elliot J. Stamler

          Your reply more than amply validates everything I wrote. You are so immature you don’t even realize what effect your fulminating has on normal people. You are in one sense amusing-calling me a rat, a socialist, an idiot, a moron, dumb and incapable of thought-it’s also noteworthy you don’t have the courage to append your real name to what you write. Why is that, Obozo? My final remark to you is I am smarter than you, much better educated than you, much, I am sure, wealthier than you, have accomplished more than you in my life-and it is people like me who decisively won the last two elections and will win the next presidential election precisely because you and people like you are, as I wrote, today’s Republican Party.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Anyone that feels the need to proclaim how smart he is most likely exactly the opposite. Your inferiority complex is on full display, you moron. And, by the way, I call you a moron because that’s what you are. Clearly!!

            Have a nice day!

            “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm– but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T. S. Eliot

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      • Traditional Reader

        Stamler, you are just as full of venom and disdain here as on other sites. The only Hitlers are the liberal fascists who control everything from the media to academia, where they can use my tax dollars (paying for the school systems) to pollute the minds of our kids for generations to come. Fortunately, my 11 and 7 year olds have been taught early on to respect the Constitution and core American Principles & Values, as well as the sanctity and importance of the traditional family unit. My older son understands that we respect and tolerate everyone, but that we have to be mindful of the needs and good of the greater society, not of accomadating a small percentage of abnormal lifestyle choices, whatever they may be. As a proud Jew and legal immigrant – Israeli-born no less – I consider it an honor and privilege to have been raised here in the era that I was, when there was a modicum of respect for authority. The societal breakdowns and decadent trends that I have observed in this country over the last 40 years – which have spread like wildfire under the cover of hyper political correctness – are practically nauseating, and I do truly fear for my kids’ future, and frankly that of my wife and I.

    • ObozoMustGo: get a life. At least Christie didn’t sell out to corporation like all the other repub did

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Gov. Christie will not get the Republican nomination because his party is now totally owned and controlled by an extreme neo-fascist right wing element that would walk out if he ever could get it. If he has any serious national hopes, then what he should do soon after his reelection is NOT emulate the late Arlen Specter and wait until the end–but leave the Republican Party and either lead a third, breakaway centrist party OR join the Democrats and declare he is a MODERATE CENTRIST DEMOCRAT with some conservative views and some liberal views. Arlen Specter killed himself by appearing to be the ultimate opportunist and rejecting years of advice from Democrats to switch parties long before-timing is everything in life. I will send Gov. Christie an invoice for this political advice-it’s the best advice he’ll get.

  • howa4x

    He is still the governor of a blue state that he has to win