NJ Politics Digest: Christie Criticizes Pa. Politicians’ Reactions to Trump Visit

President Donald Trump and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

President Donald Trump and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Chris Christie, who left office as one of the most unpopular governors in New Jersey’s history, chimed in on Pennsylvania politics.

The Associated Press reports that Christie, in New Hampshire for a Republican rally, used the occasion to slam Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for not joining President Donald Trump when he visited the state to offer his condolences following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city.

Christie, who was an early supporter of Trump’s campaign for the presidency, said the visit was an attempt to bring the country together, and “it’s really disgraceful of Gov. Wolf and the mayor of Pittsburgh not to meet the president.”

Wolf and Peduto chose not to join the president after Pittsburgh community leaders said they didn’t want Trump to come to the city.

Christie also pushed back against claims that the president’s inflammatory language and refusal to denounce right wing extremism has added to the political polarization and violence in this country.

Instead, Christie said that “sometimes what we intend when we say it is different than how some people hear it,” according to reports.

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