Gov. Chris Christie will make an appearance at a 2nd Amendment rally next month in Trenton, according to the president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, who said he spoke to the governor on Thursday.
NJ2AS President Frank Fiamingo said he later spoke to someone in the governor's office who confirmed that barring any last minute conflict, the governor would speak at the rally to be held February 8 at the Statehouse.
"We met with the governor in his outer office, and I told him I hold the permits for a rally in Trenton next month and we'd love to have him speak," Fiamingo said. "He told me barring any conflicts he'd love to speak. I called his office and I was told that we can put him on our schedule and barring any conflict he'll be there."
The New Jersey rally will be one of several to be held throughout the country that day, Fiamingo said.
Several emails, texts and phone calls to Christie's communications team seeking confirmation of the report were not returned Saturday evening.
Christie's plan to attend the rally was first reported on Ammoland.com.
Christie this week slammed a National Rifle Association advertisement comparing Secret Service protection for the President's daughters to the gun owners association's proposal to put armed guards in schools.
“I’m a father who’s a public figure, who has four children, and my children had no choice, realistically, in what I decided to do with my career and what effects that’s had in their lives in making them somewhat public figures and making them subject to protection from the executive protection unit,” Christie said.
“My kids don’t have a choice about that, and to talk about the president’s children or any public officers’ children who have – not by their own choice, but by requirement – to have protection and to use that somehow to try and make a political point I think is reprehensible,” he said.
The remarks came at a press conference announcing a task force charged with curbing gun violence. During the press conference, the governor refused to weigh in on federal proposals to reinstitute a ban on assault weapons.
"You can ask me as many times as you want and when I believe it’s appropriate for me to give an opinion I’ll give one. But I don’t feel it’s appropriate right now, before I view all of this other stuff, to be giving opinions on this," Christie said. “There’s nothing going on right now in Congress that would lend me to believe that I can have a position of influence on that topic one way or another at the moment."
Christie has also spoken out against the NRA's proposal to put guards in schools and speculation already has begun on whether the governor's stance could hurt his 2016 presidential aspirations. But three in four voters in New Jersey favor additional controls on guns and ammo, according to a recent Fairleigh Dickinson poll, making the dance between the governor's state and national aspirations a delicate one.
Also slated to appear, according to Fiamingo, are state Sen. Michael Doherty, (R-23); Assemblywoman Alison McHose, (R-24); Assemblyman Michael Parick Carroll, R-25), Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1), and former Bogota Mayor and one-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan of Americans for Prosperity.
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