POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:22pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:29pm
(CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood by his decision not to meet with Newtown families before and following his veto of gun-control legislation.
Some of those same families and other gun-control advocates protested Monday outside an event in Connecticut where Christie campaigned for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley.
"I met with Newtown families a year ago and talked about the full range of gun control issues they were concerned about," Christie told reporters. "I didn't feel it was necessary to meet with them again, especially after I had made the decision."
Christie vetoed a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled legislature that would have reduced magazine capacities from 15 rounds to 10 rounds.
He argued that it would not solve the problem of gun violence and mass shootings, labeling it a "trivial" and "simplistic" approach. He sent it back with suggestions on how to tighten gun laws and strengthen the state's mental health system.
Christie's language about the magazine limit approach, however, angered some advocates pushing for tougher limits on firearms, especially after the December 2012 mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Christie, who's considering a run for president in 2016, said Monday he "made the decision that I thought was best."
"I have nothing but sympathy for those folks who went through what they went through in Sandy Hook," he added. "But I don't believe the bill that was passed in New Jersey is an effective way to deal with it, and so I vetoed it. That's a difference of opinion, but it's nothing personal."