Gov. Christie struck a tough tone on terrorism, trumpeted his opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and called for prayer in the wake of the Charleston shootings while addressing a conservative conference in Washington Friday.
“Laws can’t change this,” Christie said of Wednesday’s massacre at a Charleston church. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful. That we need to do more to show we love each other."
The Republican governor, appearing at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, played up his background as New Jersey’s U.S. attorney after the Sept. 11 attacks, claiming experience using U.S. intelligence tools to combat terrorism.
Gov. Christie attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as out-of-touch and said he’d be more “combat-ready” than Republican rival Jeb Bush during an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.”
Christie, who has yet to throw his hat in the presidential ring, said his experience with a Democratic legislature in New Jersey distinguished him from the former Florida governor, who is expected to announce a 2016 run Monday.
“He had a legislature of his own party. It’s a much different thing,” Christie said, adding he had “great respect” for Bush.
Gov. Christie, who drew ethics questions for taking tickets to Dallas Cowboys games last season from team owner Jerry Jones, attended another big game this week without picking up the tab.
Instead, his federal political action committee paid his expenses to attend Tuesday’s NBA Finals game in Cleveland, where he was spotted sitting near the court with Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer:
As Gov. Christie nears a decision on a 2016 presidential run, one of the governor’s top aides is leaving the administration to join his political action committee.
Maria Comella, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for communications and planning, will serve as a senior adviser to Christie’s Leadership Matters for America political action committee, which has been arranging events for the governor in early presidential contest states. The move was reported Thursday by the New York Times and confirmed by a spokeswoman for the committee.
Comella’s last day in the administration will be Friday, said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie. He did not respond to a question on who would fill her role.
Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a national television interview that aired Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.
In an interview Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” – which also touched on his position on the Patriot Act, his handling of New Jersey’s fiscal troubles and his change of heart on Common Core – the Republican governor said the former secretary of state “doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” and that New Jerseyans had “plenty of an opportunity to vote.”
“I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud,” Christie said, adding “maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do, I don’t know.”
COLUMBIA, S.C.— A meet-and-greet between Gov. Christie and South Carolina Republicans in a bar here Tuesday evolved into a town-hall-style meeting as the governor took questions on subjects from foreign policy to Common Core to Obamacare.
Facing a crowd gathered by a county GOP in the Liberty Tap Room for more than an hour, Christie tried to sell himself as a tested executive in his first trip in months to the early presidential primary state.
“The fact is that no matter who’s running Congress, it won’t be easy,” Christie said, after describing his dealings with a Democratic-led Legislature. “We need to have the experience of dealing with folks who don’t wake up every morning looking to make your day a happy one.”
Gov. Christie continued to advocate for government intelligence gathering Wednesday, arguing criticism of the efforts reflected complacency since Sept. 11.
In an interview on Fox & Friends, Christie said that the Patriot Act, provisions of which are due to expire June 1, hadn't forced a choice between civil liberties and national security. “We can protect our civil liberties and the homeland,” he said.
Referring to remarks by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee questioning how the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records had curtailed terrorism, Christie said he had used the Patriot Act -- which has served as the basis of the NSA program -- successfully in prosecutions as U.S. attorney for New Jersey.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Gov. Christie will outline a foreign policy approach today that will call for bolstering the military and supporting U.S. intelligence programs.
The Republican governor, who returns today to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire as he eyes a 2016 bid, will also target President Obama over a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran and the administration’s strategy in the Middle East, including toward the Islamic State group, according to speech excerpts released by his political action committee.
“The price of inaction is steadily rising,” Christie is expected to say. Referring to the “embarrassment” of King Salman of Saudi Arabia skipping a summit last week with Obama, Christie will accuse the president of failing to work effectively with allies.