Christie, Facing Re-election, Attacks NRA Ad

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday became the most prominent Republican to criticize the National Rifle Association — calling its advertisement referencing President Barack Obama’s daughters “reprehensible.”

“I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” Christie said at a news conference where he introduced a task force on guns and mental health.

Christie, a potential 2016 candidate for the White House, said that children of public figures should not be subjected to political attacks. Christie has also voiced support for gun-control efforts, including an assault-weapons ban

“To talk about the president’s children or any public officer’s children who have — not by their own choice, but by requirement — to have protection and to use that somehow to try to make a political point I think is reprehensible,” Christie said. “My children had no choice that I wanted to run for governor. I pretended that they did. I asked them what they thought.

Christie’s comments marked the second time in recent months that he has publicly supported the Democratic president.

Wayne Dupree

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