Christie takes questions on Trump, casinos, transportation trust fund

Gov. Chris Christie addressed a plethora of topics during a news conference at the State House Tuesday.

Gov. Chris Christie addressed a variety of topics, including Trump, casinos, and the transportation trust fund at a news conference.

Gov. Chris Christie addressed a variety of topics, including Trump, casinos, and the transportation trust fund at a news conference. (8/16/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie addressed a plethora of topics during a news conference at the State House Tuesday.

The governor held the conference to announce that he signed legislation that would bar the state's public pension fund from investing with companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. After speaking about the new legislation, the governor opened the meeting up to reports to ask questions.

The first topic that Christie addressed was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s poll numbers may be down, but the governor says that the candidate can turn it around in the upcoming debates.

“It can completely transform a race overnight. So I won’t be concerned, if I ever am concerned about Donald’s campaign, until after that,” he said.

The governor also criticized the American Civil Liberties Union, who opposed the pro-Israel bill he signed. The advocacy group says that the bill is against free speech.

“The ACLU is against this? Can you put it back out there, I want to sign it twice?” Christie joked. “That’s a useless group in the state.”

A reporter then asked about the crisis in Atlantic City. The bankrupt city recently received a $74 million loan from the state.

“They’re broke. They’re begging the people of the state of New Jersey to bail them out and they want to dictate terms,” the governor said.

Christie said he will vote in support of expanding casinos to northern Jersey.

Finally, Christie criticized the state Senate for failing to act on legislation to replenish the transportation trust fund. State road projects have been at a standstill for weeks because the fund is empty.

The governor says that the Senate should have posted his gas tax plan for a vote and put workers back on the job.

“I feel awful for them that the Senate has decided to put their own internal politics ahead of what’s good for the workers in the state and the roads,” Christie said.

The Senate president responded to the governor's comments, saying that he is focusing his attention on getting the votes needed to pass his own transportation trust fund plan.

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