Chris Christie: ’Great Skepticism’ About Obama’s 5,000 Page Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Christie talked about his days as U.S. Attorney for the state of New Jersey. (Photo by
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he has concerns about President Obama massive Trans-Pacific trade deal, citing the president’s inability to negotiate properly.

“My specific concern is that it was negotiated by Barack Obama’s administration,” he said during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“I haven’t seen an agreement yet that this president has negotiated that has been in the American interest. And so I have great skepticism about this five or six thousand page agreement,” Christie said.

He indicated that he supported the principle of free trade, including with other Asian countries to extend American influence and compete with China. “I want trade agreements that are fair and I want trade agreements that the American people can support,” he said.

Christie also said Obama always signaled his desperation to make a deal before negotiating, making him the wrong leader on trade deals.

“I wouldn’t let this president negotiate to buy me a car,” Christie said.