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Christie says he's willing to talk about gun laws

Published On: Jan 09 2013 01:02:38 PM EST
Gov Chris Christie

 Gov. Chris Christie says he's ``willing to have that conversation'' about stricter gun laws, but that policy makers also must address the mental health system, improve access to drug treatment and look at the impact of violent video games.

Christie made the comments on five national television appearances he made Wednesday morning, one day after his annual State of the State address.

He also said New Jersey already has the second-strongest gun laws in the country, only behind New York.

The Republican is also on the cover of Time magazine.

On ``Today,'' Christie was asked about his 1995 call for a support on assault weapons in New Jersey. He says that should be up to states to decide.

On CBS This Morning, he said his job is to be governor and advocate for his constituents, and if members of his political party aren't putting relief for Hurricane Sandy victims ahead of politics, he's going to call them out on it.

Christie also said that losing the last two presidential elections shows Republicans ``need to be thinking about doing something different.''