New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined the crowd of 2016 Republican candidates who distanced themselves from Donald Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants, but admitted that Trump remains a friend of his.
“I’ve said that the comments he made were inappropriate and have no place in the race, even though I like him, he’s been a friend for 13 years but sometimes even good friends of yours say things that you don’t agree with,” Christie explained during an interview with CBS This Morning. “I don’t agree with that and I think it doesn’t have any place.”
Christie doubted that Trump’s comments would have a lasting affect on the Republican party.
“Do I think it will affect the party in the long term?” he asked. “No, I don’t because there are plenty of us in the Republican party who know that we have to grow the party in order to win national elections, and that’s what I intend to do as the nominee.”
Christie joins Republican 2016 candidates such as Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio in distancing themselves from Trump’s comments.
Christie commented on illegal immigration during an interview with Fox News Sunday, insisting that a full wall on the southern border of the United States would be a mistake.
“I know the human spirit,” he said. “I haven’t found a wall that can be built that a determined human being can’t get over, under or around.”
He explained that illegal immigrants were “coming to work” instead of voting, pointing out that American employers should be held accountable for hiring them.
“If they’re not able to be employed if they come here illegally, if every employer uses E-Verify and if they violate the late, there are fines that are so significant that the profit they make off hiring lower-wage workers and discriminating against American workers won’t be worth their while,” he said.