NJ Politics Digest: NFL Player Protests Are ‘Disrespectful,’ Christie Says

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Gov. Chris Christie said it’s “disrespectful” for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem, but said the athletes have the right to do it.

Christie weighed in on the controversy Friday over NFL players protesting during the national anthem to draw attention to racial inequality. He said President Trump — who fired off more than 20 tweets about the issue last week — “spent more time than I would have” criticizing NFL players.

The governor also said a bill to allow New Jersey to offer Amazon up to $5 billion in tax breaks “will be done” before his term ends in January. Christie and legislative leaders have agreed to expand a tax incentive program to lure the company’s second headquarters to the state.

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NJ Politics Digest: NFL Player Protests Are ‘Disrespectful,’ Christie Says