Christie Refuses To Admit That He Once Favored Gun Control
The Republican Party has become so extreme that a candidate can’t admit to once having a position that doesn’t play to the far right.
[Chris] Christie understands that any Republican who expresses any sort of favor for gun control will be lucky if he isn’t drummed out of the party. There is simply no way on Earth that any such person can become the GOP standard-bearer in a presidential race.
But it was gun control that inspired Chris Christie to get into politics in the first place, something he now won’t admit.
In 1993, Christie, then 31, attempted unsuccessfully to unseat John Dorsey (R), the state Senate majority leader, after the New Jersey GOP attempted to repeal the state’s semi-automatic weapons ban.
“The issue which has energized me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons,’ Christie said in an April 14, 1993, statement, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. ”In today’s society, no one needs a semi-automatic assault weapon.”
But when asked by Fox News’ Brett Baier on Tuesday whether it was true that gun control — something no Republican presidential hopeful wants to be associated with — “inspired” him to enter politics, Christie said it was not.
“No, that’s not true. No,” the governor said.
When Baier held up the text of the 1993 Star-Ledger article that included his statement, Christie brushed it off, claiming a hazy memory.
“I don’t remember saying that. So, we’ll see,” he said, adding, “That’s … 22 years ago? I don’t remember. I could’ve. It doesn’t sound like me.”