In a post-election interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R) said he was glad to see “no more ferrets” in his state, and he said he hoped to see fewer of them in the future.
“I just want to say, we’ve got more people, we’re in a better position, so we’ll see how things go,” Christie said.
“The other thing that I think people should understand is that there are many different ways to deal at this point in time with these issues.”
Christie added that he has “seen some changes in New Jersey,” but he “really doesn’t want to see any more ferret populations” in the state.
“We’ve got to take the issue of feral ferrets seriously,” he said.
New Jersey has about 2,300 feral ferret colonies, which can spread across the state if not contained.
A recent survey found that more than 80 percent of the state’s feral ferreting population has a ferret in their home, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) estimates there are more than 6,500 feral ferrettes in the Garden State, according a New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (NJSEP) report.
Christie said his administration “will continue to be vigilant” in its efforts to reduce the ferret population.
Christie told Baldwin that he was “not a big fan of ferrets,” and he added that there have been “some changes in the last couple of years.”
Christie also said he would be “very happy” if he could see fewer feral ferres in the U.S., according to CNN.
Christie was asked if he would consider a presidential pardon for New Jersey, according the AP.
Christie’s comments were reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter, who said he did not believe that a pardon was necessary.
“He said, ‘It’s been a little bit over a year, I think it’s time to look at it,'” Stelters reported.
“It seems like he’s going to take a look at all options and take a good, hard look at what the best solution is to be a good governor.”
Christie said that if he were president, he would pardon people who commit crimes that he could not prosecute, but he would also work with the president and other states to deal “with the issue in a way that’s effective.”
Christie’s remarks came days after he told the New York Times that he would work with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the feral ferrant problem.
In an interview with the Times, Christie said he had not “seen anything to suggest that anything like that has occurred in New York, so I think that’s a good indication.”
He added that “there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”
“There’s no doubt we have to do a better job at it,” Christie told the Times.
“There is an animal in the New Jersey statehouse, a ferrant, that is roaming the halls of the Capitol, in the corridors of the legislature.
But there’s no question that it needs to end.”