Christie says Perry pastor’s comments on religion have no place in a serious campaign

Gov. Chris Christie today rebuked comments made by a pastor aligned with GOP presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, who called Romney’s Mormon religion as “cult.”

Christie said the remarks, which Perry has so far refused to disavow, “have no place in a serious presidential campaign.”

The controversy arose Friday at a speech given by Perry in Washington D.C.  While speaking to reporters after the speech Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas called Mormonism a “cult.”

“He’s a fine family person,” Jeffress said.  “But being a fine person with a great family and great values does not get you to heaven.”

Christie said presidential candidates should be judged by their integrity, experience and character and not their religion.

“I think the folks that judge Gov. Romney on that are going to vote for him,” he said.

A spokesman for Perry reportedly refused to disavow the comments earlier today.  Christie said he’s sure the Texas governor will eventually see his way clear to backing away from them. Christie says Perry pastor’s comments on religion have no place in a serious campaign