TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is blasting the Obama administration's decision to remove Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist when the nation is still harboring one of his state's most-wanted criminals.

Gov. Christie says it's a mistake to go that far while the nations are still negotiating details to restore full diplomatic relations.

He says that to "join the rest of the civilized world," Cuba must hand over terrorists who are living there, starting with Joanne Chesimard.

Chesimard was convicted in the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper and escaped prison in 1979. She has been in Cuba since 1984.

The governor says that the Obama administration's announcement on Friday is "a failure to require justice."

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.