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Governor Christie Speaks Out On Newtown Massacre [VIDEO]

Following last weeks shocking shooting massacre in Connecticut, Governor Christie is speaking out about the tragedy.

Governor Chris Christie and Eric Scott
Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media

During last night’s Ask The Governor program, he said Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, along with other education officials, are reviewing their security procedures.

“What I’ve said all along is bad people do bad things — disturbed people do bad things,” Christie said.

He said when he learned what had happened, “my stomach dropped the same way every parent’s stomach dropped – I just got sick to my stomach.”

The Governor stressed everything possible is being done to protect our kids at school.

“But I also, as Governor, don’t want to give people false assurances either. I tell people the truth,” Christie said. Yeah, we’re reviewing our security, all across the state at our schools, the Commissioner of Education is doing that. But, I also know that we live in a society where if someone is willing to give up their life in order to kill someone else, then it’s very difficult to stop that.”

Christie emphasized that he hopes the discussion in the wake of the Newtown shootings will focus on the amalgam of factors that can lead to gun violence.

“We also have to look at what role does the media play in terms of the violence we see on television and in the movies,” Christie said. “I think we need to have a large, national discussion and gun control has to be part of it, too. But anyone who thinks fixing any one of those things solves the problem is kidding themselves. I believe it’s a continuum of all those things, and it’s time for us to have a big, national conversation about what we’re willing to give up to make ourselves safer and our children safer.”

Watch Christie address the shootings and the issue of gun control here:

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