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Christie: ‘We’re Not Doing Enough’ If Just Talking About Gun Control

(credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he’s willing to have a conversation about stricter gun laws, but says policymakers also must address the mental health system, improve access to drug treatment and look at the impact of violent video games.

Speaking Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” Christie said “If all we talk about is just controlling guns, which we should talk about, then we’re not doing enough.”

“In New Jersey, we have the second toughest gun laws in America already,” he said, but alluded that restrictions on firearms are insufficient.

He also talked about the “stigma about mental illness treatment in this country” as well as the need to address substance abuse and violent video games.

When asked why he did not address gun control in his State of the State address on Tuesday, Christie said it was just a matter of prioritizing.

“You pick what you want to talk about and after what we’ve been through with Hurricane Sandy, I really thought that should be the focus of what we discussed yesterday as a state,” he said.

Christie’s appearance on “CBS This Morning” was one of five national television appearances the governor made Wednesday morning.

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