Chris Christie changes tune; now supports mandatory vaccinations

"I cannot be someone who supports voluntary vaccination"

By Joanna Rothkopf
April 16, 2015 1:00AM (UTC)
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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.

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"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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