Gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Barbara Buono has made it quite clear that gun control in the Garden State will be a cornerstone of her campaign against Incumbent Governor Chris Christie. Buono wants tougher laws and does not miss a chance to make Christie a bull’s-eye on this issue and attacked him again today Feb. 13, 2013, in a press release.
Christie for his part has been vague on the issue stating previously he was ‘willing to have that conversation’ and that he doesn’t allow violent video games in his house.”
Buono said "today, my colleagues on the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee debated two dozen bills that would reduce gun violence. This comprehensive package of legislation will make streets safer for our children and send a clear message to the rest of the United States that New Jersey will not stand idly by as the scourge of gun violence ravages our streets.”
She added "while Governor Christie is busy fundraising in California, I commend the committee for diligently working on this issue. If elected governor, I promise to use all the powers of the office to ensure that our law enforcement officials have every tool necessary to protect New Jerseyans. When the Senate reconvenes next week, I will announce legislative proposals to lower the threat of gun violence in our communities. I look forward to working with the assembly to pass an all-inclusive package."
Since her campaign started, Buono has locked her sights on Christie and what she calls his lack of leadership on the controversial issue and his alignment with right wing republican groups. In Jan. of this year, Buono cited Christie’s record as the U.S. Attorney General stating he ranked 80 out of 94 U.S. Attorneys in gun prosecutions. In that article Buono said “Governor Christie has the opportunity to exhibit some real leadership on this issue. To do so, he will need to have the courage to stand against the right wing Republican interest groups that play such an influential role in 2016 GOP presidential politics.”