Is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trying to shift more to the right for his presidential campaign?
According to Mother Jones, Christie is currently sitting on a bipartisan bill that would tighten the state’s gun laws for suspected and convicted domestic abusers. However, as of this date, the governor remains silent on whether or not he will support the bill.
State Democrats introduced the bill last February, but further action has been spurred since the murder of New Jersey resident Carol Bowne on June 3 by her ex-boyfriend, a convicted felon. The bill would ensure that the subject of a restraining order gives up his or her gun and temporarily overrides an abuser’s gun permit, according to Mother Jones.
Christie’s silence seems to be a part of a shift in order to appeal to more conservatives. He has previously supported New Jersey’s gun control laws, Mother Jones reports. New Jersey was ranked by Guns & Ammo magazine as the second worst state for gun owners in 2014, Politico notes.
In fact, just a few short months ago, the Garden State’s governor had taken a very centrist position, saying, “We’ve got to make sure we have public safety, but on the other hand we have to protect people’s rights both as sportsmen and hunters and for self protection too, find the right balance,” reports Politico.
However, a more recent remark detects a change in his rhetoric. Commenting on his state’s tight gun control, the governor stated, “New Jersey's laws and regulations impose significant restrictions on an individual's ability to purchase, transport, carry, and use firearms within the State," Mother Jones reports.
The governor was recently endorsed for the Republican presidential nomination by Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, but Christie is still struggling in the polls, according to MSNBC.
In a USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, when pollers were asked who their first choice was for the Republican nomination, Christie was dead last, garnering only 3 percent, according to USA Today.