On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie responded to a question about transgender bathrooms by talking about terrorism in a very authentically Republican move.

A woman asked about a California law that allowed children to use “any bathroom that they choose, at the time, if they feel like they’re a girl, if they feel like they’re a boy.”

Life is simpler in New Jersey, Christie chuckled. “Men go to men’s rooms, women go to women’s rooms and there really shouldn’t be a whole lot of confusion about that—public accommodations. And I don’t think we should be making life more confusing for our children.”

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A nice thought, but I have to imagine it is more confusing to be forced to go to the bathroom with boys if you don’t feel like one.

“Life is confusing enough right now for our children,” Christie said, masterfully pivoting. “Think about those kids in Los Angeles who last week had their entire district closed because of a threat. Think about what they felt like the next day when they went back to school. Did they feel completely comfortable? Did they feel like they were safe? How did their mothers and fathers feel when they sent them to school that day?”

“The fact though is that we want our kids not to have to decide which bathroom they get to go in. And not to be subject to peer pressure about which one to go in. And not to be subject to the embarrassment that could come with going in a bathroom where somebody maybe doesn’t agree that they should be in there or not,” he continued.

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“Why do we do this to our children? It doesn’t make any sense. So I don’t know. I’m the common sense guy from New Jersey, you know, I don’t think life needs to be this complicated. I think it needs to be a lot more straightforward.”

Yes, Christie, we get it, you’re transphobic! You don’t have to say it in so many words!


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