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POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:40 AM
Presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks to the media in the spin room after the CNBC Republican presidential debate. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie wrote a letter to President Obama last week saying he would not accept Syrian refugees and had directed state officials not to participate in the resettlement process. But what about the 75 Syrian refugees already settled in New Jersey this year?

Asked on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday whether those refugees should be ousted, Christie didn’t answer the question.

“What should have happened is we should have been informed about it,” the governor said in a live interview from New Hampshire, where he is campaigning this weekend.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 2:06 PM
Migrants wait to register with the police at the refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Refugees fleeing war by the tens of thousands fear the Paris attacks could prompt Europe to close its doors, especially after police said a Syrian passport found next to one attacker's body suggested its owner passed through Greece into the European Union and on through Macedonia and Serbia last month. ((AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic))

Gov. Christie has joined the chorus of governors saying their states will not accept Syrian refugees.

In a letter sent Tuesday to President Obama, Christie said, “I cannot allow New Jersey to participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being placed in our State.” That line was identical to language used by at least one other Republican governor, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in pledging to reject Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Christie said he had directed the New Jersey Department of Human Services not to participate in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. He asked nongovernmental organizations to notify state officials of their placement of any Syrian refugees in New Jersey.

POSTED: Friday, November 13, 2015, 5:13 PM
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie smiles while taking the stage during the Republican presidential debate on Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie says he doesn’t resent New Jersey voters who would like him to drop out of the presidential race.

Asked Friday in an interview with Fox News about polls showing a majority of Garden State voters want Christie to end his candidacy, the governor said, “I don’t blame them.”

“Listen, they’re entitled to their view,” Christie told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “You see this happen in most of the states where sitting governors decide to run for president. Folks would rather have you stay home.”

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2015, 9:08 PM
Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday October 31, 2015. (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie has been polling in the low single digits nationally. But the governor predicted Monday that his lagging presidential campaign would soon hit its stride.

“We’re going to peak at exactly the right time, in December and January,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor program. He noted new polls that showed increases in his favorability with GOP voters in the early presidential contest states of New Hampshire and Iowa.

Public Policy Polling, which conducted the Iowa poll, said Christie’s image had undergone an “amazing transformation.” His rating improved from 34 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable in August to 48 percent favorable and 28 percent unfavorable.

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:11 PM
Chris Christie speaks during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

Gov. Christie is still lagging behind a number of Republican presidential rivals in New Hampshire, but his favorability ratings have improved dramatically in the early-nominating state, a new poll found.

That suggests the New Jersey governor may have a shot at performing well in New Hampshire, the state where he and other establishment-oriented candidates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich are campaigning heavily.

Donald Trump, the celebrity real estate mogul, continues to lead the GOP field in New Hampshire with 26 percent of the vote among likely Republican voters there, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday.

POSTED: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 1:04 PM
Chris Christie appears on "Face the Nation" on (CBS)

Gov. Christie faulted President Obama Sunday for “justifying” Black Lives Matter, asserting the group had advocated for the killings of police.

“I don’t believe that movement should be justified when they’re calling for the murder of police officers,” Christie said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

Host John Dickerson responded that “they’re not calling for the murders of police officers.”

POSTED: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:35 PM
A Syrian sits on the ground after his arrival from the northeastern Greek island of Chios at the Athens' port of Piraeus, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Two international agencies say over a half million asylum-seekers have reached Greece this year. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Accepting any Syrian refugees is dangerous, Gov. Christie said in an interview that aired Tuesday night, taking a tough tone as he asserted President Obama’s administration couldn’t be trusted to screen those brought into the country.

“It’s a real danger to take in any of these folks,” Christie told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. “That's why I've been advocating for the idea that what we need to do is to incentivize our allies around the world, especially in the Middle East, for them to take these folks in.”

Christie was responding to Hannity, who asked how the U.S. would determine whether refugees “are members of ISIS, or tied to ISIS. (U.S. Director of National Intelligence) James Clapper said they will infiltrate the refugee community. Is it a danger to take in even one person?”

POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:51 PM
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. (REUTERS / Chris Keane)

As Gov. Christie tries to drum up support on the presidential campaign trail, his reviews from New Jersey voters show an uptick but remain mostly negative, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday.

Of New Jersey registered voters surveyed by the poll, 35 percent are favorable toward Christie, with 55 percent unfavorable. The Republican governor’s favorability, while up 5 points since August, represents his second-lowest rating in the poll.

On job approval, 39 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Christie, and 56 percent disapprove. The job approval rating is improved 2 points since August, the poll said.

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