At town hall, Christie talks up bail reform

MIDDLESEX – Guns, crime and treatment for the mentally ill were main topics this morning for Gov. Chris Christie here.

At his 104th town hall, he said he doesn’t prefer to use the term gun control to talk about the recent spate of violence, including the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.

“I don’t like to call it gun control…it’s about violence control,” he said.

He also called for bail reform, giving judges the ability to keep what he termed “violent sociopaths” detained in jail until the date of their trial.

He said that too often, violent criminals are bailed out and return to their neighborhoods and commit more violent crimes, usually against witnesses.

“This is not acceptable in our society…open up the jail cells for violent sociopaths.”

“Seems to make common sense…Yet the Legislature won’t do it. That is just flat out wrong.”

He said the Legislature, mostly Democrats, introduced 22 new gun bills, but had only one day of hearings.

“Something as serious as this, you think we could spend more than a day,” he said.

“They’re playing politics…we have to stop them from doing this…People are dying in the streets because we’re not doing what we need to be doing.”

At town hall, Christie talks up bail reform