"Mass violence will not end by changing the number of bullets loaded into a gun," said Christie, whose stance on guns is being watched closely ahead of a potential run for president in 2016.If he'd signed the bill, it would have effectively torpedoed his chances in the GOP primary and probably in the general election, and everybody serious about politics knows it.
Don't let the anti-gun astroturf press release repeaterbots at Moms Demand Stuff tell you that gun control is a winning issue in this country outside of a few coastal enclaves, 'cause it ain't; what Bloomberg knows about the electorate outside of the Five Boroughs would fit on the head of a pin. In Sharpie.
On the other hand, don't think this marks Short Round as any kind of deeply-convicted friend of the Second Amendment, either; he's a pragmatist to the core. If it was only reelection in the Garden State he was worried about, Christie would have signed that bill so fast, the ink in the pen would have boiled from the friction.