Chris Christie changes tune; now supports mandatory vaccinations

"I cannot be someone who supports voluntary vaccination"

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published April 15, 2015 9:00PM (EDT)
  (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially changed his stance on mandatory inoculations -- now, the Republican 2016 hopeful is staunchly in favor of them.

"Can we count on you to support and affirm the human right of voluntary medical risk-taking for all medical procedures, including vaccines?" asked a representative from the National Vaccine Information Center, an organization that advocates for belief exemptions.

"Yeah, no. You can't count on me for that," Christie responded. "I cannot be someone who supports voluntary vaccination. I think that would be the wrong step for the public health of our country. I understand that there are really well-intentioned people who disagree, but that's my position on the issue."

The new stance represents a significant shift in opinion from just months ago. In February, Christie said that parents "need to have some measure of choice" regarding whether or not their children are vaccinated.

Watch a clip from the town hall meeting below:

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