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Christie Calls Trump's Charlottesville Comments 'a Mistake'

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Monday, 21 Aug 2017 01:06 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about "both sides" being to blame for a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "a mistake."

"They shouldn’t have been said," Christie said. 

But Christie says he knows Trump isn't a racist.

"The statement is just wrong," Christie said. "There are not good people on the neo-Nazi side. There is not a moral equivalence between those who oppose neo-Nazism, those who oppose white supremacy, those who oppose fascism, and those who engage in it and support it. There's not a moral equivalency there."

The Republican governor made the comments Monday during an unrelated event in East Rutherford. Christie is a close political ally of Trump and leads his national drug commission.

Christie just returned from a 10-day vacation and says he hasn't spoken to the president yet.

But he says he'll keep any advice he has for him between Trump and himself.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about "both sides" being to blame for a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "a mistake." "They shouldn't have been said," Christie said....
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