The Christie camp has been using the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs to promote the New Jersey governor’s campaign on Twitter. And that’s exactly what he was doing at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire Tuesday morning when he explained to a diner full of voters, “I’m a Catholic, but I’ve used birth control, and not just the rhythm method.”
Near the two-hour mark of the event, a man cited three Bible verses to raise arguments in support of environmental conservation and ending wars abroad. Christie launched into a discussion of how religion is separate from politics, and how Americans have the right to practice their faith as they choose.
“We should all acquit ourselves in a way that we believe is consistent with the teachings that we follow, if we follow certain teachings from a religious perspective,” Christie said. “That’s what I’ll always continue to try to do. Me for instance, I’m a Catholic, but I’ve used birth control, and not just the rhythm method, ok. So, you know, my church has a teaching against birth control. Does that make me an awful Catholic because I believed and practiced that function during part of my life? I don’t think so.”
There were a few laughs, but capturing the mood best was a man in front of Christie who put his palm to his forehead in dismay just after the candidate said “rhythm method.”
You know he's floundering when he's doing rhythm method/birth control jokes and supporters are slapping their foreheads with their palms.
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