On Fox, Christie defends Trump, criticizes intelligence leaks

A day after pledging to New Jerseyans that he would devote the last year of his term to combating drug addiction, Gov. Christie was back on national television Wednesday.

Most of the governor's interview on Fox & Friends wasn't about addiction, however, but defending Donald Trump.

"The president-elect is right to push back" on media reports that he was informed by intelligence officials about allegations that Russia had compromising information on him, Christie said.

"If intelligence agencies have this information, it should be kept private," Christie said. "This is what it's like to live in public life right now. ... Anybody can throw anything up on the wall against you."

CNN reported Tuesday that intelligence officials last week had presented Trump and President Obama with classified documents that included allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on Trump.

CNN did not publish details from the documents, saying the allegations — which had been circulating widely in Washington for months, according to news outlets — could not be verified. BuzzFeed, meanwhile, published the memos.

On Twitter Wednesday morning, Trump said, "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to 'leak' into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?" Earlier, he Tweeted that "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!"

Christie praised Trump for Tweeting "to try to give people his side of the story. Which by the way, I'm convinced is the true side of the story."

Christie also had praise for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, whose confirmation hearings to become Trump's attorney general have drawn protests.

"This is a really, really good person," Christie said of Sessions, who has been accused of making racially tinged remarks as a federal prosecutor.

Christie did address the anti-addiction push he announced Tuesday, including his call for a state law that would require that people with health insurance couldn't be denied coverage for up to six months of drug treatment. "Of course they're going to be able to cover it," he said of insurers, saying the companies had profited under the Affordable Care Act.

Since being removed as Trump's transition team chairman after the election, Christie been relatively quiet on the national level. (As for the New Jersey press corps, he hasn't taken questions in months.)

"We want to see you more frequently," one of the Fox hosts told Christie.

"Well, good," he said. "I'll be back."

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