The Christie-Obama bond goes on.
Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey who commended Democratic President Barack Obama for his response to Hurricane Sanday, today condemned the National Rifle Association for its ad talking about the president’s children.
Christie called the NRA ad “reprehensible.”
“Don’t be dragging people’s children into this,” the governor said, noting that the children of figures in the public spotlight already face enough risks.
The day Obama announced 23 executive actions and more congressional proposals to curb gun violence, the NRA, proposing armed guards at the nation’s schools as an alternative, released a video-ad calling the president an “elitist hypocrite” because his children are protected by armed guards at school. The narrator of the ad, appearing at the NRA Web-site and on the Sportsman Channel, does not identify the president’s two school-age daughters by name, but does ask this:
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools?”
The president’s children, like all first families, are protected by the U.S. Secret Service wherever they go.
David Keene, NRA president, maintained that his group was not targeting the children’s Secret Service protection — rather the security at the school they attend. The Obama girls attend a private school in Washington attended by the kids of many other prominent people.
Whatever the group was thinking, the White House scolded the NRA.
“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”
Christie seconded the motion today.
Terrence Dopp contributed to this report.