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Chris Christie Clarifies Position on Measles Vaccination After Saying Parents Should Have a 'Choice' in the Matter

Chris Christie has issued a quick clarification on his position on measles vaccinations after made headlines this morning for saying parents "need to have some measure of choice" about vaccinating their kids against the virus.

The New York Times reports

ChristieMr. Christie, when asked about the connection between the new measles cases and parents who object to the long-recommended vaccine against it, said that he and his wife had vaccinated their four children. He called that “the best expression I can give you of my opinion.”

But he added: “It’s more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Mr. Christie said that “not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.”

NPR reports that there have been over 80 cases of measles this year - already more than the U.S. typically sees all year. Health experts say the current outbreak can be traced to people who haven't been properly vaccinated. 

Here's Christie's clarification on the matter:


Chris Christie Launches PAC Following Speech to Conservatives in Iowa: VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has launched a Political Action Committee, an expected move as he prepares the way for a 2016 presidential campaign.

The AP reports:

Christie, who has been pitching himself to donors as a candidate who can expand the Republican Party's tent by appealing to minority, women and independent voters, also appears to be forging a populist message, adding that, "We must support candidates who share our vision, people who know that only through strong, bold leadership will we be able to take on these challenges and act on the promise of a better tomorrow for working and middle-class Americans."

TIME adds:

Former Republican National Committee Finance chairman Ray Washburne, who announced earlier this month he would step down to take a position with Christie, will hold the same role for the new group. Former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox and longtime Christie strategist Mike DuHaime will serve as political advisers. Matt Mowers, the outgoing New Hampshire GOP executive director, and Phil Valenziano, a former aide to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, will be the PAC’s on-the-ground presence in those two presidential early states.

Christie spoke over the weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Rep. Steve King which attracted several far-right conservatives interested in testing the water for a 2016 run at the presidency. These included Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and word salad masterchef Sarah Palin.

Upon introducing Christie, King trumpeted him as "pro-life" and praised him for vetoing the gay marriage bill in New Jersey. Christie was heckled at the beginning of his speech on immigration by Cesar Vargas of the DREAM coalition.

Watch the heckling and the speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Actress Ellen Page Is 'Pissed' That Queen Elizabeth II Supports Anti-Gay Politician

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Actress Ellen Page took to her Twitter account to voice her displeasure with the Queen of England who gave a prestigious award to a blatant anti-gay politician reports StyleiteQueen Elizabeth II awarded Maurice Mills, a Democratic Unionist Party councillor of Northern Ireland, with the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to local government. Mills is known for blaming natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, on gays and saying AIDS is a consequence of the practice of sodomy.

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 4.40.03 PMPage is having none of it, saying "F*** that," citing a Vice News story about the Queen and Mills in her tweet. There's a petition to get Mills' award retracted; it currently has 369 signatures. A Belfast Telegraph article disagrees saying Mills deserves the honor. The move is disappointing as the Queen expressed support toward the gay community in the past, to say nothing of her lashing out at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "lacking the guts," to legalize gay marriage, going so far as to say "Just sign the damn bill, Chris." It's unclear if the Queen truly supports Mills' views or was simply being "diplomatic," awarding Mills for his work in government and not his archaic views on the gay community.


Seven New Jersey High Schoolers Charged With Hazing-Related Sex Crimes - VIDEO

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Six of seven New Jersey high school students are being held in police custody this week after being charged for hazing-related sexual assault crimes. Acting as members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team, the accused teenagers are said to have restrained, abused, and inappropriately touched four fellow teammates. Families of the arrested teenagers are awaiting preliminary decisions that will determine whether students, whose ages range from 15-17, will be charged prosecuted as minors or adults.

"Everything revolves around getting the kids ready to play Bomber football," Cary Melenez, a local resident explained of her city.

The allegations have shaken parents and school administrators concerned for the well being of their children and students. Though not known for churning out star football players, Sayreville’s culture revolves heavily around football participation. The implications of a scandal like this have prompted a number of vocal protestations. In light of the developing case, Sayreville school superintendent made the executive decision to cancel the remainder of the high school's fall football season. 

"In the ensuing days, weeks, and months," Sayreville school superintendent Richard Labbe said in a statement, "we will come together as a school district and greater community to harness the strength required to support the young men who may have been victimized and then to begin the healing process for our beloved community."

ChristieChris Christie echoed the superintendents intentions of exhaustively delving into the specifics of the case in hopes of exposing the truth of the events and sending a clear message.

"The facts as reported currently are extraordinarily disturbing, and as the father of a number of teenage athletes, the idea that that kind of conduct could be permitted -- if it's true ... in a high school athletics program, or anywhere else in our state for that matter, is absolutely unacceptable."

Watch footage of Sayreville school superintendent Richard Labbe addressing the hazing scandal AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chris Christie: Gay Marriage Should Not Be 'Imposed' From the Supreme Court

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Saying that each state "should have the ability to decide on their own," New Jersey governor and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said earlier today that the issue of gay marriage should not be 'imposed' from the Supreme Court.

NJ.com reports:

“We’ve resolved that issue in New Jersey through the courts,” he said. “We are now moving forward as an administration in terms of enforcing the law as the court has interpreted it and each state should their opportunity to be able to make that decision through their process.”

However, Christie said gay marriage shouldn’t be decided by the nation’s high court.

“I do not believe that this is something that should be imposed from the United States Supreme Court down to the states,” he said.

Christie, who has always been opposed to same-sex marriage, added that he's enforced his own state's high cout ruling last year permitting gay marriage "vigorously" and "made sure that it was enforced fairly and directly in this state."

Back in July, Christie reiterated his belief that Republicans shouldn't give up their opposition to gay marriage just yet.

Perhaps once 2016 comes around though?


Chris Christie: It's Not Time For Republicans To Drop Opposition to Gay Marriage

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Gay marriage is legal in New Jersey, and Governor Chris Christie believes that the matter is for now "settled" in his home state. But Governor Christie does not think it's time for the Republican party to drop gay marriage as an issue.

TIME reports that Christie, speaking to reporters over the weekend at the National Governors Association, believes that the U.S. "will resolve this [issue] over a period of time,” and that legal resolutions "should be done state by state."

While the Republican party could feesibly pick up many young voters if it decreased its focus on social issues, including gay marriage, Christie says:

I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop [with the gay marriage debate]...Certainly I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about.

When he was asked whether the U.S. might end up gravitating back toward "traditional" marriage despite the current trend in legal proceedings, Christie said: “I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball.”


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