Connecticut Democrats denounce Gov. Christie

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Marie Morosky, 7, said five of her friends died in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC)

Marie Morosky, 7, who said five of her friends died in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, was among those protesting Gov. Chris Christie during his fundraising event in Connecticut. (Photo credit: Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC)

HARTFORD, CT – Democrats, who are angry over the New Jersey Republican’s veto of firearms restrictions, want Tom Foley to denounce Gov. Chris Christie’s Connecticut fundraising.

Devon Puglia, a spokesperson for the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, said Christie insulted state residents when he vetoed common sense gun legislation and refused to meet with families of Newtown gun violence victims.

For weeks, controversy has swirled around Christie after he vetoed common sense gun legislation and refused to meet with families of Newtown victims.

Now that the New Jersey Governor has found the time to make it to
Connecticut – today to fundraise – Democrats there want Republican Tom Foley to denounce Christie for his offensive comments to
Newtown gun control advocates.

Saying his mind was already made up before the families asked to meet him, Christie claimed advocates could not prevent victims of gun violence unless all weapons were banned.

“Are we saying then that the 10 children on the clip that they advocate for, that their lives are less valuable?” asked Christie, in his typically combative style, in a clip posted by his office on YouTube. “If you take the logical conclusion of their argument, you go to zero, because every life is valuable.”

Christie then made the flip remark about banning all guns.

He also called life-saving limits to high-capacity magazines “trivial.”

Foley, too, has been a consistent opponent of Connecticut’s smart, strict gun law, calling it an “inconvenience.”

“It takes a lot of chutzpah for Governor Christie to insult the families of Newtown one week, then fundraise in their state the next,” said Puglia. “We know Tom Foley thinks our smart,
strict gun law signed by Governor Malloy is ‘inconvenient’, but does he think Governor Christie’s actions are acceptable?”

“Will Tom Foley finally stand up for Connecticut and Newtown families today by denouncing Governor Christie’s insulting words and reckless actions? ,” said Puglia. “While Tom Foley often struggles to provide specifics on complicated policy questions, this is an issue he can be crystal clear on with Connecticut voters.”


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