Christie reacts to Garden State Plaza shooting, says spotlight’s on Legislature

MENDHAM – Gov. Chris Christie says officials must get to the “root problems” behind public shootings and blamed the state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature for not adopting his entire gun and “violence control” proposal.

The governor’s statements came on the heels of a shooting inside Paramus’ Garden State Plaza Monday evening when a 20-year-old man reportedly fired multiple shots inside the mall before shooting and killing himself, according to published reports.

Christie responded to the incident shortly after voting this morning in Mendham:

“Once again it puts a spotlight on the fact that the Legislature didn’t do what it needed to do. We wanted much more aggressive action regarding folks who have mental health issues. It’s clear that somebody like last night, who obviously left a note, and I think came there to die from all indications, that’s someone with a mental health issue that we should have been dealing with in a more aggressive way,” Christie said.

“So, a lot of this stuff that they do down there is just press release kind of stuff. We need to get at some of the root problems of this and we need to deal with folks who have mental health issues,” he said. “We need to get to work on that stuff and I hope the Legislature will consider some of this stuff in the lame duck session.”

Christie reacts to Garden State Plaza shooting, says spotlight’s on Legislature