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Chris Christie's Long Dance with Anti-Vaxxers

Six years ago, the governor-to-be told vaccine critics that he would stand with them.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will do 28 campaign events before Election Day.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will do 28 campaign events before Election Day.

Photographer: Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

In 2009, as he was on the way to winning his first term as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie took the time to answer a question from the vaccine-skeptic group Life Health Choices. In a letter, pulled today by reporter Olivia Nuzzi, Christie assured vaccine critics that he had heard them.

"I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage," wrote Christie. "Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children."