Governor Chris Christie has created a bi-partisan task force to look at what causes gun violence including; mental health issues, addiction, gun laws, school safety and the level of violence in society.

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He's given the panel 60 days to come back to him with recommendations.

Christie says the task force is free to explore anything and everything and if even if he doesn't support an idea now, he could be persuaded to change his mind.

One of the most polarizing ideas to be floated following the Newtown school massacre is a proposal to allow armed guards in schools. Right now, Christie is not in favor of that course of action.

"I don't think that's appropriate for New Jersey," explains the Governor. "I don't think that having schools turned into armed camps is necessarily the right way to go, but I'll be open-minded about it. If someone comes back to me and shows me hard evidence that tells me it could make things a lot better and a lot safer in schools than it is now and also gives me their opinion on how it affects the learning atmosphere and to make sure that it doesn't have too deleterious an effect on the learning atmosphere."

An FDU-Public Mind poll released earlier this week revealed that 50% of New Jerseyans are also against the National Rifle Association's proposed plan to arm schools, with 45% in favor.

State Senators Ray Lesniak and Shirley Turner are sponsoring a bill that would declare violence as a "public health crisis," and also empanel a commission to look at ways to mitigate violence, and would recommend the federal adoption of stricter gun control standards. That measure is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on January 28.

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