New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono released a statement today Jan. 9, 2013, in reaction to fellow Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address in which he spoke about gun control.
Cuomo stated "guns have both a noble and a tragic tradition in America and in New York State, they are a sign of our nation's fiercely defended independence and self-reliance, but in the wrong hands, guns are also weapons of untold destruction and heartbreak."
“Governor Cuomo demonstrated the ability to focus on New York’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy while also working to create jobs for middle class families and fighting to take guns off the streets. In doing so, Governor Cuomo showed that he has the leadership and the courage required to take on the special interests in the important fight to protect New York’s children and families” Buono said.
Buono then took aim at her challenger, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
“Today, I am calling on Governor Christie to join the fight for gun control and take a stand against those same right wing republican interest groups that would help him pursue his national ambitions. The destructive influence of gun violence continues to impact all New Jerseyans, and we are long past due to confront the problem. In the same way we will continue to work together on a bi-partisan basis towards recovery from Hurricane Sandy, we also need to begin working together towards protecting our children and our communities.”
Christie meanwhile was on the “Today Show” and stated he's willing to have a conversation about stricter gun laws, but says policymakers also must address the mental health system, improve access to drug treatment and look at the impact of violent video games. "These are complicated issues," he said. "I'm willing to have that conversation."