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Christie Lambastes MSNBC on Bridge-gate, Flirts With Mika

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 01:29 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while appearing Tuesday during MSNBC's "Morning Joe" 10th anniversary celebration, lambasted the network and the program for its coverage of the Bridge-gate controversy and made show co-host Mika Brzezinski cringe while teasing her about their "attraction."

"I can't thank your network enough for that," Christie told show host Joe Scarborough, after he asked the governor if he'd expect the bridge story to grow like it did.

"Your network made a cottage industry for about three months on that," he continued. "Rachel Maddow [did] an hour special on this secretary to Gov. Christie."

Christie said he did not feel "awkward" talking about the scandal, because he knows he did nothing wrong concerning the bridge lane shutdowns ordered by a member of his staff and a member of the Port Authority.

"It's not awkward, because I knew then, and I know now that I didn't do anything wrong, and all that came out in the long run," said Christie. "All the people yelling and screaming at the time that I did something wrong, I knew they were wrong. You have to wait history out. That's what I did."

He then turned to Brzezinski when she said it was time to make the conversation more awkward.

"Excellent," he said, making her both cringe and laugh. "Are we going to talk about our odd attraction? That's very awkward."

Then he turned more serious as the talk turned to Christie's eventual distance from President Donald Trump and his administration.

"The last time you were on, you said he was fit to lead," said Brzezinski. "You can't be serious."

"I am serious," Christie responded. "Sure I am. I am serious. Listen, everybody is allowed to have a different opinion in this country. And so are you. You're allowed to have a different opinion. You don't think he's fit to lead. That's okay by you. I feel differently. Now, that doesn't mean that every tweet he sends out I agree with. I talk to him on a regular basis. When I don't agree, I tell him."

Christie pointed out that he has recently disagreed with Trump on his Muslim ban, and that he told him he thought it was "problematic legally."

"How does he react?" the governor continued. "It depends on the day. Some days he'll get quiet with me about it and listen, and that's that. Other days he'll yell back at me and fight and ask me why I'm so hard on him, and that kind of thing. I've been his friend for 15 years. I think I have license. I've told him this. I think I have license to say after 15 years of being his friend and running against him, that I can say what I want to say, and I do."

Trump, though, did not extend a position in his administration to Christie, but Christie said Trump remains his friend, and "that's politics."

"The fact of the matter is that's politics and the times," said Christie. "If you're going to get into this business, you have to know that sometimes people make those kinds of decisions, but no, it doesn't change 15 years of friendship. I mean, if it was a year of friendship, maybe. Fifteen years, no."

Christie, though, said does agree that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals should end, and that he said so during his presidential campaign.

"I thought President [Barack] Obama shouldn't have done that," said Christie. "I think he should have forced Congress to do what they needed to do and sat down and made a deal with them. I think this president should do the same thing. This is something that should be enshrined in statute. It shouldn't be from the whim of one president to another. It should be something that the Congress passes, makes the law, and the president signs."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while appearing Tuesday during MSNBC's "Morning Joe" 10th anniversary celebration, lambasted the network and the program for its coverage of the Bridge-gate controversy and made show co-host Mika Brzezinski cringe while teasing her about...
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