Though Christie denied his desire to begin campaigning for 2016 first thing this morning, Wallace reminded him that if he wanted to be the GOP’s nominee, he first had to pass through the Republican primaries, where some of his less conservative stances may cost him among a more right-leaning electorate. Wallace submitted Christie to a “lightning round” on current issues to test his conservative credentials, making Christie answer (or not answer) questions on a path to citizenship and gun control.
Christie affirmed that he was eager to fix a broken immigration system, though he did not comment on the path to citizenship, and also said he was for “violence control,” with a focus on mental health reform, to curb gun violence. He noted he had signed some gun control measures as governor, but vetoed others.
“We need to not pander on these issues,” Christie said. “We need to have adults in the room who make decisions based upon controlling violence in our society.”