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Joe Scarborough calls Chris Christie a 'chicken something' on gun control

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has refused to meet with the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting and is being blasted by not only liberals, but also members of his own political party.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference at the Omni Shoreham hotel
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference at the Omni Shoreham hotelPhoto by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Family members of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 had requested to meet with Christ Christie in an attempt to discuss gun control, but the New Jersey governor declined the meeting stating that he had previously vetoed a gun control bill the week before. Christie's veto was of a bill that would have banned ammunition magazines that held more than 10 rounds, and the governor said he didn't want to feel hypocritical by then discussing gun control matters. One conservative who has been outspoken in support of gun control, breaking with the party line, is former Republican congressman from Florida and current host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough. The former Republican congressman from the 1st district of Florida slammed Christie's decision, calling him a "chicken..something."

"I think it's kind of chicken something, which I won't say on the air. There's a second word. The two words again, it's chicken, we'll say 'salad' for Chris Christie to not meet with these families at least for five minutes, it's hypocritical. How about being humane and explaining why?"

Scarborough continued, noting that the governor's response was one of the stupidest arguments he'd ever heard.

“It was painful watching Chris Christie talking about, somehow limiting clips to 10 bullets means that you don’t care about the 10 children that will be killed by those bullets? That is just one of the stupidest arguments I think I have ever heard."

Though Chris Christie was hit hard by allegations that he knew of and ordered the lane closures on the George Washington bridge last fall, he still has aspirations of running for president in 2016. Many believe that even without the scandal attached to his name, Christie would still be considered too moderate for many conservatives, which would explain his hard line opposition to accept any new gun control legislation.