CAMDEN – Governor Chris Christie continued his attacks on President Obama at a press conference Monday afternoon, where he said Obama was trying to take credit for criminal justice reforms effected at the state level.
“All these criminal justice reforms he’s talking about, none of them are issues of his. He has been pushed to this by others. And now all of a sudden he wants to take a victory lap at Integrity House? He wouldn’t even know what Integrity House was. Unless Cory Booker told him,” said Christie, referring to the state-funded drug treatment center where Obama was scheduled to meet with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that same day.
“I think I have a history of welcoming the president of the United States here, a well-documented one. But that doesn’t mean I can’t disagree with him when he’s wrong and I believe he’s wrong, and it is nice of him to show up on the law enforcement issue. He really hasn’t much,” Christie said.
“He always takes the opportunity to think the worst of the men and women in uniform,” Christie said at one point, reiterating that he considers the Black Lives Matter movement dangerous and a contributing factor in what FBI director James Comey recently described as a “chill wind” running through law enforcement.
Asked whether he timed his visit to Camden was to coincide with Obama’s visit or tomorrow’s Assembly elections, Christie said that it was a coincidence due to scheduling constraints.