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Chris Christie gets Twitter-pounded for pandering to anti-vaxxer crowd with ‘balanced’ comment

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s comments regarding a “balanced approach” to childhood immunization was greeted with amazement and mocking on Twitter, with responses that were as brutal as they were swift.

Speaking in London where he is on a trade mission, the pugnacious governor addressed the anti-vaccination controversy in the U.S. but qualified it with a comment some called “pandering” to the anti-vaxxer crowd.

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Christie said he and his wife vaccinated their kids in best interests of the children and public health, before dropping this bombshell:  “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Commenters on Twitter were quick to point out Christie’s over-the-top response to Kaci Hickox, a nurse who had been exposed to Ebola, whom the governor ordered be quarantined.  Others contrasted Christie’s stance on abortion, denying a woman’s right to make health decisions for herself, but showing more flexibility when it comes to parents exposing their children to childhood diseases.

A sampling of the tweets below:

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