As 2016 looms, Christie skirts hot-button issues

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Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When it comes to divisive national issues, the usually blustery Chris Christie has been quiet.

New Jersey's Republican governor has repeatedly declined to weigh in on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision or offer specifics about his stances on immigration and foreign policy.

Christie is considering a run for president in 2016. Some observers see the dodges as part of a strategy to avoid weighing in on divisive national issues as he weighs how to position himself in a crowded primary field.

Christie's camp insists he has never been unafraid to take on tough issues.

They pointed to his decision to delay payments to the state's public workers' pension fund and to veto legislation that would have reduced gun magazine capacities in the state.

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