Writing about Governor Chris Christie's recent veto of two bills -- S816 (mandating distributors to sell so-called smart guns), and A3689 (codifying regulations on the justifiable need to carry) -- Asbury Park Press reporter Bob Jordan blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA). Jordan wrote:
"The NRA pressured Christie to kill two bills including one that would have mandated distributors to sell so-called smart guns, which proponents say stem accidental shootings and 'child proof' weapons."
Sure, the NRA lobbied the Governor, but does mere lobbying make you responsible for the actions of an adult elected official? When the LGBTQ movement lobbied President Obama and Hillary Clinton to change their position on same-sex marriage, were they "pressured" into adopting their new beliefs?
As Bob Jordan must know, "pressured" is a very charged word. When Garden State Equality's Steve Goldstein issued a press release threatening to withhold "gay" money from the New Jersey Democratic State Committee unless Senate President Steve Sweeney and other Democratic Party leaders changed their position on same-sex marriage, were they being "pressured" into executing their eventual flip-flop?
"Pressured" conjures images of extortion and the NRA hasn't been particularly good at "pressuring" Governor Christie, who managed just a "C" rating with the NRA as Governor. If a journalist is going to use words like "pressured," he or she should cite more than lobbying as evidence of that "pressure."
Reporter Jordan lamely tries with a quote from Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, a Democrat from Bergen County. Assemblyman Johnson blames Christie's veto on, wait for it... the Governor's "bid for the Republican presidential nomination and now his support of Donald Trump." Wow, what a dickhead! Maybe he hasn't heard that Christie's presidential campaign crashed and burned months ago. As for Donald Trump, when did his campaign put out a position paper on S816 and A3689?
The Assemblyman goes on: "The governor’s veto statement is alarmingly replete with right-wing political talking points and grandstanding." Yes, and the Assemblyman's statement may be said to be "alarmingly replete with left-wing political talking points and grandstanding." So what? What do these cookie-cutter insults even mean that you and your brethren in the other party endlessly use?
Assemblyman Johnson went on to say (and how he kept a straight face, we can't tell you): “This bill was a start toward making our streets safer, particularly in our urban areas, but sadly, Gov. Christie has once again put his political ambitions above the public safety of New Jersey residents. That’s shameful.”
Listen, Assemblyman Dickful, why don't you try to enforce the laws against everything that is currently unlawful -- make those streets "safer" -- "particularly in our urban areas" by making illegal drugs unavailable, for a start. Do that one thing, accomplish that, before making new laws to create new crimes that will be obeyed only by those who care to obey them, new laws that will force the police (government's men-with-guns) into greater confrontation with individuals in the community.
Assemblyman, unless you are prepared to post a police officer on every street in New Jersey, our citizens (urban, suburban, and rural) are pretty much their own first line of protection. Leave them alone. If you want to do something to make them safer, get the heroin that floods every community in this state off the streets. There have been laws against that for nearly a century and you haven't got it done yet, have you?
As for Bob Jordan, decide whether you are reporting or selling.