New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Virtual Town Hall

Facebook and Reddit users signed on Thursday evening to pose questions for the New Jersey gubernatorial candidates at a virtual town hall meeting.

On the sale of firearms, a Reddit user asked how New Jersey will maintain its position toward the bottom of the list of firearm deaths by state. CBS2’s Johnson noted that Gov. Chris Christie was very clear that he was not going to introduce more restrictions on firearms.

But Doblin noted that New Jersey gun laws are already strong, and said Christie was less conservative on the issue before he began his 2016 presidential campaign. As to Murphy and Kim Guadagno, Doblin said both were “pro-Second Amendment.”

Facebook user M.A. Anthony specifically expressed concerns about Murphy, suggesting that he might turn New Jersey “into California.” He wrote that he worried that New Jersey could become a sanctuary state, issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, raise taxes and violate Second Amendment rights.

Doblin said California has a lot of “unfortunate laws,” but New Jersey is a smaller and more moderate state where many politicians fall a couple of steps to the left, but are largely centrist.

He said New Jersey politicians are “not a screaming liberal group of folks.”

And for a little levity, Facebook user Gary Duncan wanted to know from the candidates, “If New Jersey truly is ‘the Garden State,’ what is your favorite fruit, vegetable, and flower?”


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