WHIPPANY, N.J.—Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider revisiting New Jersey’s strict gun laws if he had a Republican-led legislature.
In response to a question about his support for the Second Amendment, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature has sent him only bills that further restrict these rights, many of which he has vetoed.
“Send me a Republican legislature. And with a Republican legislature you’ll have a governor who will respect, appropriately, the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect ourselves,” Mr. Christie said about the Second Amendment when asked a town hall meeting in this Morris County township.
Mr. Christie ended by saying: “No rights are given to you by government. All are rights are given to you by God.”
Mr. Christie has previously stated that he supports “strictly enforcing” New Jersey’s existing gun-control laws, which are some of the strongest in the U.S. He has vetoed bills that would provide additional restrictions, such as reducing gun magazine capacity.
Second Amendment rights could be an issue that confronts Mr. Christie if he runs for president. Other potential Republican candidates, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have taken strong stances against gun control laws.
The 90-minute town hall was Mr. Christie’s 132nd in the state. He is holding the weekly meetings through the end of June as he sells his budget priorities, and town halls could figure into his presidential bid if he chooses to run. Mr. Christie said Tuesday that he will make a decision on 2016 within the next three months.