New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced last Tuesday that he was running for the Republican nomination for President, but in less than a week he's already drawing negative attention from many on the right.
Conservatives have been wary of Christie since his infamous hug with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but on policy they have focused their attacks primarily on his gun control stance.
The President of Americans for Limited Government Rick Manning said to that Christie is anti-gun, reported Breitbart News.
Manning, who was an NRA lobbyist in New Jersey for six years, said a then-unknown Christie attacked his fellow Republicans in the primary for supporting the Second Amendment.
The governor's opposition to "assault weapons," including semi-automatics, inspired him to first enter politics in 1993, challenging Republican John Dorsey, a pro-gun state senator. The future governor failed, however, to get on the ballot at that time.
“Chris Christie was inspired to run for office by his desire to ban guns. To trust him as president of the United States would be disastrous for our second amendment rights,” Manning told Breitbart News.
If the New Jersey governor runs, he will be far to the left on gun control from any other Republican, with the exception of former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki.