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April 22, 2013

Christie Pursues Background Checks

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent for minors to buy violent video games as part of his response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut," Bloomberg reports.

"Christie, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, also wants to ban purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett rifle, and to make it easier for doctors and courts to commit 'potentially dangerous' people to mental-health treatment against their will."

First Read: "Folks, this isn't someone who's thinking about the 2016 primaries; instead, this is someone who's running for re-election in the blue state of New Jersey. If Christie does end up running for president in 2016, he's going to bringing a record that is similar to Rudy Giuliani, circa 2007. And while Rudy's personal baggage did him in with GOP primary voters before his ideological baggage did. Christie will be another test about whether personality and electability can trump ideology. Many folks we know in GOP circles are skeptical."


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