Today, New Jersey governor Chris Christie said that he had declined to meet with the parents of the Newtown shooting victims last week because he had already signed to veto a bill to reduce the permitted size of ammunition magazines from fifteen rounds to ten.

Two of the parents, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, visited Christie at his office last week to present him with over 55,000 petitions in support of the bill, but they were turned away.


In a joint statement, they expressed disappointment with the governor’s decision. “We know that smaller magazines would have saved more lives. Possibly even the lives of our own children.”