Is Christie's Gay 'Conversion' Ban a Sign for 2016?

The New Jersey governor's latest move could affect how voters see him if he runs for president.
2:24 | 08/20/13

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And to politics now. And a new decision from new jersey governor, chris christie, that could signal a white house run in 2016. An opponent of gay marriage, he signed a law banning therapy that tries to turn gay teenagers straight. It is the latest in a series of moves where he tries to stake out a middle ground on a very controversial issue. Abc's gio benitez is here with more on this story. And good morning to you, gio. Reporter: Good morning, lara. Some conservatives may call christie a traitor to the right. Pundits suggest, this may be part of his plan, to show he is a republican who can govern in a democratic state. Fresh outrages from voices on the right, to ban so-called gay conversion therapy for minors in new jersey. The american psychological association has said gay conversion therapy can lead to mental health issues. Well, so can pornography. So can tv. Reporter: Christie cited concerns that the practice can be harmful to children. Leading to depression or suicide. Aides say christie was reluctant to sign a law telling parents what to do. But that he also doesn't endorse the therapy. Chris christie understands something very iortant in politics. 2013 comes before 2016. He has to win re-election in very blue new jersey before he can think about running for president. Reporter: The decision, seen by some, as part of the governor's political tight rope act, while christie does not support gay marriage -- my view, my position is, that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Reporter: He said this in a 2011 cnn interview. I have always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. If someone is born that way, it's very difficult to say then that that's a sin. Reporter: And remember what he said about president obama in 2011? We've had a president who doesn't know how to lead. Reporter: Following superstorm sandy, an all-out bromance. I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion. The chris christie brand is all about independence. A nonpartisan person who leads the state of new jersey as best he knows well. Reporter: While the therapy is banned for minors, it's perfectly legal for adults. New jersey is the second state to ban it. California banned it last year. We're going to turn to dick

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