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Climate Change: Although the governor has been silent recently on this topic, he did say in 20011, “When you have over 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it’s time to defer to the experts." PASS
Yucca Mountain: No statements found. INCOMPLETE
Biotech Crops: In March, 2015 at agricultural meeting in Iowa Christie was asked if genetically modified food should be labelled. "No," he said, adding, "Sometimes you don't need to give a complicated answer." PASS
Vaccination: In 2009, while running for governor, Christy wrote a letter in which he stated,“I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage. Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children.” On February 2, 2015, he said that parents should have a “measure of choice" when it comes to vaccinations. He further observed, “Not every vaccine is created equal and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others." He quickly backed off the latter sentiments, and had a spokesperson say,” The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated.” PROBABLE PANDER
Fetal pain: The New Jersey governor is pro-life. No statements on fetal pain found. INCOMPLETE
Evolution: In 2011, Christie said, “Evolution is required teaching.” He, however, added, “If there’s a certain school district that also wants to teach creationism, that’s not something we should decide in Trenton.” Also in 2011, Christie was asked about whether creationism should be taught in the state's public schools. Christie replied that it was "really a dangerous area for a governor who stands up from the top of the state to say, “You should teach this, you should teach that.” PANDER
Overall, the scores of the six would-be Republican presidential candidates considered here are disappointing. A cynic might ask with respect to the high number of panders recorded, what else did one expect from politicians? Better, actually.