It’s one thing to disagree with President Obama’s executive action on gun violence but it’s quite another to smear him for doing something to keep Americans safe.
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his reaction to Obama’s then-upcoming announcement that he would take executive action “to expand background checks, and also to bar more accused domestic abusers from being able to buy guns.”
CHRISTIE: This president is a petulant child. …The American people have rejected his agenda by turning both the House and the Senate over to the Republicans, and going from 21 governors when he came into office, the 31 Republican governors now, now this president wants to act as if he is a king, as if he is a dictator.
The fact is, if he wants to make changes to these laws, go to Congress and convince the Congress that they’re necessary. But this is going to be another illegal executive action which, I’m sure, will be rejected by the courts. And when I become president, will be stricken from executive action, by executive action I will take.
Wallace noted that Christie has “flipped on gun control.”
WALLACE: When you were running for reelection, …you signed ten bills tightening gun restrictions, including banning handgun purchases by people on the terror watch list and the NRA that year when you were running for reelection only gave you a "C." And they say, critics do, and some of them, yes, your rivals, say that you have changed your tune on gun control since you started running for president.
Christie insisted he hasn’t because he signed a bill banning guns for those on the terror watch list. But then he began boasting about his pro-gun stances:
CHRISTIE: As president, I would make sure that terror watch list was actually accurate. But I think most Americans believe if you're on the terror watch list, you shouldn't be able to buy guns.
But I also have vetoed the 50-caliber rifle ban. I’ve also vetoed a statewide ID system. I’ve also vetoed a reduction in the magazine ban, and I’ve also pardoned six different folks so far who have been caught up very unfairly in my view in New Jersey's gun laws.
So, listen, the approach I’m going to take is to protect Second Amendment rights but make sure I make decisions that are in the best interests of the people of New Jersey. I think that's what the people of the United States want. That's the kind of president I’m going to be.
Of course, President Obama thinks his action is in the best interests of the people of the United States and polls show his gun stance reflects what Americans want, too.
But Wallace didn’t mention the polls, though.
Watch it below, from the January 3 Fox News Sunday.
Christie’s candidacy has had problems from the beginning of this run. Had he tried for the nomination in 2012, he might have had a chance at it. But he’s way too damaged now, regardless of his ability to fundraise. There’s simply been too much time for him to be on the national stage, and too many bad stories coming from both sides. Hard right GOP voters will never forgive him for welcoming President Obama’s help with Sandy in 2012 – that photo op has stuck in the right’s craw for almost 4 years now and they’re not giving up on it. Dems who aren’t Hillary fans will never forget that his people closed down the traffic in New Jersey in a mean-spirited political revenge stunt. Which leaves Christie with only the middle of the road GOP voters and nobody else.
I’m more inclined to think that Christie has topped out in his political climb. The GOP might give him a spot at the RNC, kind of like what the Dems did with Howard Dean ten years ago. I doubt that Fox News will ever give Christie any kind of “commentator” position, given Ailes’ hatred of him since 2012.