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Gov. Christie Rises to the Defense of President Trump in Comey Matter

The governor thinks that part of the problem is that folks in D.C. don’t recognize a ‘normal New York City conversation’

Gov. Chris Christie is back in the news, and it’s not for his spectacularly low approval ratings (in the teens according to some polls). Christie went to South Brunswick yesterday to tout a TTF-funded road resurfacing project along Route 130. But within five minutes he was talking about a topic closer to his political heart, the national melodrama being enacted by former FBI director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

The governor said, in part:

“What I read, Jim Comey said in his testimony, was that the president said to him, I hope you can see your way clear to letting Flynn go because Flynn’s a good guy. That’s not an order. Donald Trump knows how to give an order, believe me. He knows how to give an order, I’ve seen him do it,” said Christie.

He also spoke about Trump’s lack of inside Washington etiquette:

“… [T]he idea of the way the tradition of these agencies is not something that he’s ever been steeped in. So I think over the course of time, and we could talk about different examples, what you’re seeing is a president who is now very publicly learning about the way people react to what he considers to be normal New York City conversation,” Christie said.

The governor also has been in the news himself recently, after it was reported that Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick for his new FBI chief, was the attorney who held onto Christie’s cellphone while he was part of the governor’s legal team:

“I don’t care what they do with it. As far as I’m concerned, they can throw it out if they want, it doesn’t matter to me. I have no need for it any longer …” he said.

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