It’s been a tough couple of weeks for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. First, after 51 previous attempts, the state Senate put together a successful override of the governor’s veto of a gun-control bill that tightened up the rules on whether people with a history of mental illness can purchase firearms. But what may be even more surprising than the override itself is the fact that longtime Christie ally state Sen. Jon Kyrillos was one of three GOP senators to vote with the Democrats.
Things didn’t get much better as the week wore on. Christie’s intemperate comments about the Black Lives Matter movement has cost him support in the African-American community. Is Christie simply trying to carve out a position for himself as the candidate who’s toughest on crime? Maybe, but the governor’s long and complicated relationship with New Jersey’s law enforcement community is worth a closer look.
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