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Governor Christie Say U.S. Must Enforce Existing Gun Laws

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the U.S. has enough gun regulation and that he is “disturbed” by the politicizing of the Colorado movie theater massacre.

Christie, 49, a first-term Republican, told reporters in Trenton today that he agrees with President Barack Obama on gun regulation.

“It’s time for us to address and enforce the gun laws that we have, which I think we do fairly well here in this state,” Christie said. “I am a little bit disturbed by politicians who in the immediate aftermath of this type of tragedy try to grandstand, and I’m not going to be one of those people. I feel awfully for those families.”

Twelve people were killed and 58 injured in the July 20 mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. The massacre increased calls from elected officials, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for tougher gun laws, as it has after other high-profile shootings. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

The suspect in the Colorado shootings, James Holmes, 24, appeared for an initial hearing in court today, where Judge William Sylvester advised him of his rights and said he was suspected of first-degree murder. Formal charges are pending a July 30 court date.

Obama “believes that we need to take common-sense measures that protect Second Amendment rights of Americans, while ensuring that those who should not have guns under existing law do not get them,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on July 20.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elise Young in Trenton at eyoung30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

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