Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office had some damage control to do Monday morning after Christie said that parents need to have "some amount of choice" about vaccinations, even as a measles outbreak spread from California.

But when he was a candidate running for his first term as governor, Christie was vocal about the need for parents who believe in a fringe theory about vaccinations to have a seat at the table in the debate over government mandates.

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President Barack Obama said Sunday that the science on vaccinations is "indisputable" and urged parents to vaccinate their children, as officials tried to contain one of the worst measles outbreaks in years.

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