Christie Cancels Scheduled Pressers Amid Vaccine Controversy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is wrapping up a three-day trade mission to the United Kingdom, reportedly canceled scheduled media events at the tail end of his trip. This comes as Christie has been under fire regarding his controversial comments about vaccinations — a topic that has recently come into the spotlight following a reported measles outbreak in the U.S.
On Monday, Christie said parents should have “some measure of choice” on whether to vaccinate their children. Along with similar comments made by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), opponents have roundly criticized those positions as “dangerous” and inconsistent with science.
According to Reuters, Christie abruptly canceled two Q&A sessions with reporters and a presser following a meeting with U.K. Finance Minister George Osborne. As a result, some are calling the trip a “disaster.”
“We just decided we’re not going to have availability today,” said Maria Comella, Christie’s head of communications.
While Paul and Christie continue to feel the backlash over their comments, as our Evan McMurry notes, mainstream GOPers are coming out against those views and in favor of mandatory vaccinations.
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