As President Barack Obama prepares for a visit to Newark later this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie will be in Camden today for a “roundtable” discussion with Mayor Dana Redd at Camden County Police Headquarters.
Christie’s appearance – on the other side of the state from the Democratic president – comes on the heels of the Republican presidential contestant’s remarks criticizing Obama’s support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Criticized by fellow Republicans for hugging Obama in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy in the lead-up to the general election, the governor – now immersed in his own full-time prez run and largely absent from New Jersey – appears eager to put distance on the Democrat in the White House, even if it means coming back to his home state to make the point.
Trying to harden the lines between himself and Obama, Christie last month said members in the Black Lives Matter Movement encourage the killing of police officers, and that in backing the movement Obama does not stand up for police officers.
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“Listen, he’s the President of the United States,”‘ Christie said during an appearance on Fox and Friends this morning. “He can go wherever he wants but what I want the public to know is the truth of what’s going on which is he has not done anything on criminal justice reform in seven years as President. I’ve been Governor for six years. We have done significant things on criminal justice reform. We are showing results and we will do the same thing if I become President of the United States and we will be able to do it in a way where we support law enforcement. It is disgraceful that the President has lost his moral authority.”