Christie pans Obama-backed nuclear deal with Iran

Nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to the Supreme Court in 2013, Justice Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina was one of five judge's writing today's majority opinion. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to the Supreme Court in 2013, Justice Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina was one of five judge’s writing today’s majority opinion. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Running for president in a 2016 Republican Primary, Governor Chris Christie today bemoaned as timid and concessionary an Iran nuclear treaty reached by the United States and six other countries, including Iran.

Six world powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany want Iran to scale back nuclear activities to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon, in exchange for the lifting of crippling international sanctions lifted.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) yesterday voiced skepticism about he treaty, which the U.S. Congress will have 60 days to review.

Christie criticized it as more U.S. weakness internationally, in his judgment.

“After two years of humiliating concessions by President Obama, he has made his deal with Iran,” Christie said in a statement. “He should have walked away. Iran joins the sad list of countries where America’s red lines have been crossed.  The president is playing a dangerous game with our national security, and the deal as structured will lead to a nuclear Iran and, then, a nuclearized Middle East.

“The deal threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, and it turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head,” the governor added. “I urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to put aside politics and act in the national interest. Vote to disapprove this deal in numbers that will override the President’s threatened veto.”

Obama has said he will veto any congressional blockage of the deal.

Christie pans Obama-backed nuclear deal with Iran