Following the release of a television commercial on Tuesday by the National Rifle Association in which President Obama is referred to as an "elitist hypocrite" for the armed security provided to his children, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasted no time in voicing his displeasure. "I think for any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe. You cringe because it's just not appropriate in my view to do that," he said. "They've got real issues to debate on this topic. Get to the real issues. Don't be dragging peoples' children into this. It's wrong."
Continuing, Christie asserted "My children had no choice realistically in what I've decided to do with my career and what effect that's had on their lives. The president doesn't have a choice and his children don't have a choice of whether they're going to be protected or not. The reality is our lives in American society don't lead to that, and I think it's awful to bring public figures' children into the political debate. They don't deserve to be there."
In the ad the narrator asks "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 school."
NRA President David Keene in referencing the ad in a CNN interview alluded that the content of the ad was concerning students protected by private security and not about the Obama children specifically.