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Christie goes to California, chats on Facebook

Gov. Christie does not have ties to organized crime. He thinks immigration reform will require "strong action by the President and a spirit of cooperation in Congress." And as for his favorite character on MTV's The Jersey Shore, he doesn't have one, because "they don't deserve it."

Christie goes to California, chats on Facebook

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Gov. Christie does not have ties to organized crime. He thinks immigration reform will require “strong action by the President and a spirit of cooperation in Congress.” And as for his favorite character on MTV's Jersey Shore, he doesn’t have one, because “they don’t deserve it.”

Christie gave those answers, and others, during a Facebook chat Friday night. The governor, who spent Friday in San Francisco fundraising for the Republican Governors Association, visited Facebook headquarters and apparently hobknobbed with Facebook execs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

The governor, who fields questions from the public on a regular radio program in New Jersey and at town-hall-style events, was berated by some opponents in the chat. Most he ignored – of the nearly 400 questions received, Christie answered about 30 – but at times, he tossed out a comeback.

“Is there a way for you to impeach yourself?” someone asked.

“Unfortunately for you, no,” Christie said.

He also had admirers – possibly inspired by his dancing the night before with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. “I like the way you shake your booty, please run against Hillary, she scares me! Love you!” one woman wrote.

“Thanks you…I think,” Christie responded.

Among the more policy-oriented questions was one addressing public worker pensions. Christie, who wants to cut the state’s payments into the pension system this year and next to balance the budget, defended his calls for further changes to the system that would “help to secure their pensions not eliminate him.”

He also addressed a question about family-planning, saying he “did not cut funding,” and that New Jersey was using federally qualified health centers “rather than duplicating services.” Christie has repeatedly vetoed money for family planning services, drawing criticism from abortion-rights advocates.

Before the Facebook stop, Christie campaigned in San Francisco with the Republican candidate for governor in California, Neel Kashkari.

During the campaign stop, Christie rejected a comparison drawn by Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry between being gay and alcoholism, according to news reports, including in the Los Angeles Times. He also dismissed a reporter’s question about immigration reform with sarcasm.

Christie’s schedule also included RGA finance events and fundraisers. After the Facebook event, he was due to head to Park City, Utah, where he's expected to address former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s summit with donors Saturday morning.

Maddie Hanna Inquirer Staff Writer
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