Is Chris Christie An Anti-Vaccine Wingnut?

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  • 02/03/2015
I think everyone who is running to paint any Republican candidate as a climate denying, Creationist, anti-vaccine Neanderthal would agree that records matter.  That is, what you do is more important than a curveball question during a press mashup thrown by a reporter seeking a ‘gotcha.’

As a proud citizen of the Garden State, I am obligated to respond to the implication that Chris Christie is a anti-science wingnut who thinks parents can choose to have their kids infect others with measles and other communicable diseases.

Turns out New Jersey’s childhood immunization rates are some of the highest in the United States.

It is number 1 compared to all other states for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination rates.

New Jersey’s immunization rates are above the national average for major childhood vaccines.

It’s immunization rates are higher than California.  And Kentucky.

Source: CDC

With regard to Governor Christie’s alleged support of vaccine choice, his statement to “take a hard look” at legislation introduced by a Democrat in the NJ legislature to weaken vaccine requirements stands in valiant comparison to the pandering of then candidates Obama and McCain on vaccines causing autism, the do as you please stance of Rand Paul and the outright lunacy of Michelle Bachman.

Do people forget that Christie was attacked for requiring a hospital worker returning from Africa to be quarantined?   The idea that the governor of a state that has aggressively and successfully pushed to raise immunization rates – along with other public health metrics  – is absurd.  


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