Not even a day after Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) referred to pro-life activists as “divisive” in an apparent shift left, a Democrat-leaning group has begun running social media ads hitting him on his stances on gun rights and abortion.
The ads, produced for the group American Bridge 21st Century on Facebook and Twitter, begin with Christie telling a detractor to “sit down and shut up” and highlight Christie’s record of vetoing legislation restricting citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights. They also bring up his decision to cut off state funding for Planned Parenthood.
These attacks come at a time when Christie is facing heightened criticism from his constituents in New Jersey. His less than stellar response to severe coastal flooding in battered Jersey Shore towns has drawn the ire of Republicans and Democrats across the area. When asked by a student at a New Hampshire town hall why he was campaigning and not in his home state helping to deal with the flooding, he (incorrectly) responded that only one county was affected by the flooding and asked the young woman if she would like him to “go down there with a mop.”
Christie, who is hinging his presidential hopes on New Hampshire, is averaging 7.3 percent in polls in the Granite State.
Stephen Brown works for the American Principles Project.