Republican
Endorsing:
Campaign Status:
Inactive
Date of Declaration:
06/30/2015
Date of campaign suspension:
02/10/2016

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"... I’m the only person on this stage who’s actually filed applications under the Patriot Act, who has gone before the federal, the Foreign Intelligence Service court, who has prosecuted and investigated and jailed terrorists in this country after September 11th. I was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bush on September 10th, 2001, and the world changed enormously the next day, and that happened in my state. This is not theoretical to me. I went to the funerals. We lost friends of ours in the Trade Center that day."
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Chris Christie
"...My own wife was two blocks from the Trade Center that day... When you actually have to be responsible for doing this, you can do it, and we did it, for seven years in my office, respecting civil liberties and protecting the homeland. And I will make no apologies, ever, for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people. We have to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer, and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way. As president, that is exactly what I’ll do."
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Chris Christie
"I was appointed United States attorney on September 10, 2001. And I spent the next seven years of my career fighting terrorism and putting terrorists in jail."
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Chris Christie
"I’m a conservative, pro-life governor in a state where it is really tough to be both. A state like New Jersey, with lots of Democrats, but still we cut taxes, we balanced budgets. We fought the teacher’s union."
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Chris Christie

Mike Pence is replacing Chris Christie as the chairman of Trump’s transition effort. The change was announced yesterday and will considerably reduce the amount of influence Christie holds.