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In New Jersey, It’s an ‘F’ vs. a Question Mark on Guns

A pro–Second Amendment, pro-life, pro-tax-cut reader in New Jersey chuckles that Jon Corzine’s latest attack ad against Republican Chris Christie is the first to make him enthusiastic about the GOP candidate, by attacking Christie for his positions on guns, abortion, and tax cuts.

As discussed on Cam’s show, the NRA has not endorsed a candidate in New Jersey. Corzine is rated “F” by the organization (mostly because “Z” isn’t an option), while Christie is rated a question mark — usually a sign that a candidate declined to answer the questionnaire.
This is probably deliberate; an NRA endorsement would probably be a net loss for Christie in New Jersey in terms of political impact. Having said that, the NRA has been contributing heavily to the Republican Governors Association, which has been running ads on behalf of both Virginian Bob McDonnell and Christie.

If a gun owner in New Jersey is a little wary of Christie, it’s understandable; Christie hasn’t talked about the issue very much, says he supports the assault-weapons ban and all current gun laws, and opposes attempts to permit conceal-and-carry laws in New Jersey.
Having said that, the race comes down to a Democrat who’s thoroughly terrible on just about every aspect of the issue vs. a Republican who might be a little better in a few areas like hunting. Even if he earned a “D” as a governor, it would be moving the ball in the right direction for gun owners.
The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance has endorsed Chris Christie.

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