KEARNY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hit on a couple of hot-button issues during a town hall meeting in Kearny on Monday.

Christie said it may be time to call a truce in the war of words between him and New Jersey’s teachers’ union. But the call came after the governor leveled some pointed criticism at the union.

The governor told a crowd at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center Gym that the New Jersey Education Association has a “political slush fund” that’s spent millions on ads attacking him, money that should be used for merit pay for teachers.

When a woman who said she is a second-grade teacher asked Christie to end the name-calling and personal attacks, the governor said he would if the union would.

A union spokesman says the group has attacked Christie’s policies but not him personally.

Meanwhile, Christie said some of the debate over contraception that has cropped up in the Republican primaries is misguided.

When a questioner asked him about the focus by Republican candidates on contraception issues, Christie said too much time has been spent talking about it.

The governor said women need to have access to affordable contraception. He added that some issues, such as whether Catholic organizations should be required to cover birth control costs for their employees, should be addressed.

But he called the overall debate “a silly issue for us to be spending time on” when there are other, more pressing economic and security issues facing the nation.

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  1. VY says:

    Once in a while Christie makesd sense, like his comments about women having affordable access to birth control. Too bad all the people running for the republican nomination for presdient are too busy pandering to radical religous zelots (mostly males) who want to take the control of a women’s fertility back from the women who know can individually control their own fertility.

  2. Angelica says:

    It’s about time Chrisite was schooled on his boorish behaviour!

    Maybe now he will start acting like a real Governor!

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