Gov. Chris Christie criticizes President Donald Trump travel restrictions

Gov. Chris Christie is criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily restricts citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Renaissance House in Newark. He told reporters that he thought President Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. was poorly implemented.

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Renaissance House in Newark. He told reporters that he thought President Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. was poorly implemented. (1/31/17)

NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie is criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily restricts citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The governor spoke to reporters Tuesday at Renaissance House in Newark while announcing the expansion of behavior health beds.

Christie said that the rollout of the executive order was “terrible.”

“The way people weren't involved or consulted. There was confusion in the enforcement that went on here,” Christie said. “So you have people who have gone through the extreme vetting that you have to go through to get a green card, to be a permanent resident here, who were being detained."

Christie also said that the way the order was explained allows the president's opponents to mischaracterize it. He did say that he thinks Trump's intentions for signing the order were right.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded to continued criticism about the order, particularly that it was not a ban.

“I think the words that are being used to describe it are derived from what the media is calling this.  He has been very clear that it is extreme vetting,” Spicer told reporters.

State Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Bob Gordon are expected to join New York state lawmakers Wednesday to announce bi-state legislation to prohibit the Port Authority from using its resources to enforce the executive order.

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