New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question Thursday, Jan.17, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. Christie said New Jersey is taking a more deliberative approach to gun control, mental health and school security by forming a task force to study the issues and make recommendations within 60 days. Christie refused to take a position on President Barack Obama's call for a federal ban on assault weapons. New Jersey has had an assault weapons ban in place for 21 years, and Christie says he supports state gun laws already on the books. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:23 pm
NJ Gov: NRA ad on Obama daughters 'reprehensible'
By ANGELA DELLI SANTIAssociated Press
The nationally prominent governor on Thursday criticized the ad, which accused the president of being a hypocrite for allowing his daughters to be protected by armed Secret Service agents but not embracing armed guards for schools.
Christie said children of public figures should be off-limits to political attacks.
The Republican governor also sided with the Democratic president when Obama came to New Jersey to tour storm damage in October. Christie's praise of the president six days before the election was sharply criticized by some GOP members, who accused Christie of helping to tip a close election to Obama.