NJ Politics Digest: Christie Says Taking Russian Oppo ‘Probably’ Illegal

President Trump and Gov. Chris Christie. Shawn Thew/Getty Images

Gov. Chris Christie didn’t exactly use the Trump team’s talking points on Monday when asked about the president’s son meeting with a Russian lawyer after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.

While emphasizing there’s no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, Christie said it would be inappropriate and “probably against the law” for a political campaign to accept opposition research from a foreign government.

Compare that to comments from President Donald Trump, who has dismissed the meeting as no big deal. “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don. Jr. attended to get info on an opponent,” the president tweeted Monday morning.

Rumors are swirling that former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett, Trump’s pick to run the Export-Import Bank, may withdraw amid fears his nomination won’t win enough votes to clear the Senate. Trump is standing behind Garrett, who criticized the bank as a congressman, even as business groups try to halt his nomination.

And three shore towns have reportedly received subpoenas as federal investigators focus on city workers and their health benefits. The situation is apparently so serious that there are talks of Atlantic City firefighters providing mutual aid for Margate and other towns should indictments cause problems with staff levels.

Quote of the Day: “‘Hey Chris, you know my f***ing phone number. Just give it to the President. I don’t want your f***ing phone.’ — President Trump to Gov. Christie on election night, according to a new book. 

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