EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie: I Haven’t Cried Over Cecil the Lion

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Jersey Grille on July 24, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. A recent poll had Christie trailing most of his Republican rivals in Iowa. Christie is hoping to gain support in the state with several …
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MANCHESTER, N.H. — After talking about the dangers of ISIS, terrorism, and Iran in a New Hampshire foreign policy event, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacted to the controversy sweeping the internet in response to the death of Cecil the lion who was shot and killed in Africa by a trophy hunter.

“I have to tell you the truth, these issues are not front burner for me,” he admitted in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. “The unfortunate murder of Cecil the Lion is not something I’m spending a whole lot of time reading about, thinking about, or talking about as a candidate for president of the United States.”

After learning that the hunter had reportedly donated to Mitt Romney, Christie replied that he was “confident Mitt Romney had nothing to do with” the lion’s death.

He admitted he had heard that Jimmy Kimmel had cried about Cecil’s death, but wasn’t interested in seeing the video.

“I saw the headline of that, I didn’t actually hit on the video, because I’m not a Jimmy Fallon fan, so you know, forget not a regular Kimmel watcher, I never watch Kimmel,” he said bluntly. “I’m a Tonight Show guy so I wouldn’t have seen the crying.”

“Nor have I cried,” he added emphatically.

When asked about he the details of the investigative videos surrounding Planned Parenthood, Christie said that he was concerned about the details, noting that the videos had uncovered “awfully serious issues” that were “really disturbing.”