Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie told Jake Tapper in an interview aired on “State of the Union” Sunday that, across the course of his political career, he has flip-flopped on several issues, yet his policies have changed after learning from two decades of public service.
Christie said that if, “you’ve never changed your mind, then you’re stubborn.”
TAPPER: You did, earlier in your career, support the ban on what gun control advocates call assault weapons —
CHRISTIE: Yeah, when I was 31 years old.
TAPPER: You don’t agree with it anymore?
CHRISTIE: Listen, I think it’s a lot more complicated than I thought it was at 31 years old, and I’ve learned a lot in the last 21 years… By the way, I’ve changed a lot of my positions over time. Here’s the thing. If you’re a thinking, breathing human being and life experience is something you take in, and you’ve never changed your mind, then you’re stubborn. I’ve learned from all my public service, and the positions I have today come from a long time — nearly 20 years — of public life, and I think everybody should take that moment to be able to figure out where they stand from their life experiences. So, if the only thing someone can point to was from 20 years ago, that means I’ve been fairly consistent for the past nineteen.