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Newsmax - Christie's Anti-Gun Positions Pose Problem in NH

Gun advocates in New Jersey say Chris Christie is no friend of gun freedom, and have joined organizations like the NRA that have given the tough-talking governor low marks for his support of the Second Amendment.

Last week, reported that Christie is drawing fire for not following through on his promise to appoint a commission to ensure the state's laws "do not infringe on New Jerseyans' constitutional rights."

Christie vowed on June 30, one day before announcing he was running for president, to form the New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission. But little has happened since then.

The NRA has already expressed disappointment with Christie, giving him a "C" grade on its gun-rights report card. Meanwhile, the pro-gun control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has given his New Jersey an "A-."

Christie remains low in national polls, garnering just 2 percent in some national surveys. But his campaign got a boost over the holiday weekend when the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed him.

New Hampshire is known as a staunchly pro-Second Amendment state and Christie’s track record is weak.

Fox News Channel's "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier recently reported that Christie entered politics in the 1990s citing his desire to control guns.

Baier cited a 1993 Star-Ledger article quoting Christie during his campaign for state Senate as saying, "The issue that has motivated me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey's ban on assault weapons."

Christie told Fox he doesn’t remember taking the position.

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DNC - New Video: "We Collectively Are Answerable To Those Families"

Once again this week, President Obama addressed the nation after a tragic shooting and issued a call to action for Congress to do something to protect our children, families and communities from gun violence.  “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”


Republicans, though, don’t find themselves in the same position.


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NHDP Statement on Legislature Standing with Governor Hassan Against NHGOP’s Radical Gun Bill Opposed By Law Enforcement





Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair released the following statement after the legislature sustained Governor Hassan’s veto of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s radical gun bill that’s strongly opposed by law enforcement officers:
“Republicans in the New Hampshire House and Senate have shown once again that their priorities are backward as they continue to try to enact a radical gun bill that is strongly opposed by law enforcement officers and 71% of Granite Staters. We thank Governor Hassan and Democrats in the legislature for again taking a strong stand to support law enforcement and public safety.”



PPP - NH voters on the Governor's race; Obamacare; Background Checks; Tom Brady, and More 

PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds that Maggie Hassan will be clearly favored if she runs for another term as Governor- but if she moves on to a Senate bid Republicans may start out with a slight advantage in the race to replace her.

Hassan, who is generally popular with a 48/42 approval rating, would lead Chris Sununu 48/41 and Jeb Bradley 48/39 in hypothetical contests. Those margins are pretty much in line with what she won by last year. If Hassan doesn't seek reelection most of the Democrats named as potential replacements for her would start out with a name recognition deficit against their likely Republican opponents. While Sununu (71% name recognition) and Bradley (56% name recognition) are both known to a majority of voters in the state, the Democratic trio of Terie Norelli (27% name recognition), Chris Pappas (25% name recognition), and Colin Van Ostern (21% name recognition) are all largely unknown.

That disparity in name id likely explains why Sununu and Bradley lead Norelli, Pappas, and Van Ostern by 4-7 points in hypothetical contests. Sununu is up 38/34 on Pappas, 39/34 on Norelli, and 39/32 on Van Ostern. Bradley is up 38/33 on Pappas, 39/33 on Norelli, and 38/31 on Van Ostern. With large swaths of voters undecided in every possible match up the race is pretty undefined at this point.

Other notes from New Hampshire:

-60% of voters in the state support a policy that sets a goal of producing 50% of America's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, compared to only 25% of voters who oppose that concept. Among the critical independent voters who tend to decide elections in New Hampshire support for that is even more emphatic, with 62% of them in favor of it to only 18% who are opposed.

-Granite State voters think funding for public schools needs to be increased, and that one of the outcomes of that increased funding should be higher teacher salaries. 57% of voters think education funding should be increased compared to only 16% who think it should be decreased and 22% who think it's fine where it is. 47% think teachers are paid too little, to just 15% who think they're paid too much. With independents 59% think there needs to be more money given to public schools and 50% believe teachers are under paid.

-In a sign of how much the political landscape around Obamacare has changed in the last year, 44% of New Hampshire voters say they support the Affordable Care Act to 43% who are opposed. Those numbers are tight but it used to be that the ACA was very unpopular in any swing state where we polled it. It's now at worst a neutral issue for Democrats politically, and it's moving in the direction of actually being a help for them. One big reason things are different now- Democrats (79%) are more unified in their support of it than Republicans (74%) are in their opposition.

-Background checks on all gun purchases have broad bipartisan support from New Hampshire voters- 85% support them to only 9% who are opposed. They meet with favor from 96% of Democrats, 82% of independents, and 79% of Republicans.

-71% of New Hampshire voters support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, to just 12% who want to keep it where it is and another 12% who think the federal minimum wage should be eliminated altogether. 92% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and 52% of Republicans want an increase to at least $10.

-New Hampshire voters really don't like Scott Brown. Only 29% have a favorable opinion of him to 50% with a negative one. Right before the election last fall he had a 77/16 favorability rating with Republicans, but now it's only 48/27. That suggests a lot of GOP voters were just saying they liked him because they had to. Brown is also at 26/48 with independents. Meanwhile Jeanne Shaheen is popular, with 50% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 39% who disapprove.

-One thing that unites Granite State voters across political lines is the defense of Tom Brady. 68% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to only 16% with a negative one. And 66% think the NFL has treated him in an unfair manner compared to only 20% who believe he's been treated fairly. Those numbers are all in line with 66% of New Hampshire voters identifying themselves as Patriots fans to 5% for the Packers and Giants, and 3% for the Cowboys.

-New Hampshire voters are slightly even more united in their support of the Red Sox- 69% pull for them to 7% for the Yankees, 4% for the Braves, and 3% for the Mets.

This analysis is also available on our website:


I’m not attaching the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:


Citizens For A Strong NH - Statement on Hassan's Veto of SB 116 Concealed Carry


(July 6, 2015) -  This afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 116, a bipartisan bill that would have eliminated the license requirement to conceal firearms.


Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:   


"Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of SB 116 today was yet another example of our state's chief executive ignoring New Hampshire values and embracing liberal special interests simply for the benefit of her own political career. To say we are disappointed in her actions is an understatement, but given her continuous record of stonewalling bipartisan legislation to keep Washington liberals happy, we are not surprised.


"Vetoing this bipartisan bill does nothing more than support Second Amendment restrictions on those that obey the law. While extreme out-of-state donors might be cheering her actions, law abiding Granite Staters are the ones who suffer."