New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday defended Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE, saying his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge were not racist.

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“I’ve said this before: I know Donald Trump. I’ve known him for 14 years, and Donald Trump is not a racist,” Christie told reporters in Mendham Township, N.J.

“The allegations that he is are absolutely contrary to every experience I’ve had with him over the last 14 years.”

Christie has been a vocal supporter of Trump's presidential bid since dropping out of the race himself in February.

Earlier Tuesday, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRyan, GOP lawmaker trade 'bad dad jokes' ahead of Father's Day Hugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' White House walks back Trump's rejection of immigration compromise MORE (R-Wis.) said that Trump accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias because of his Mexican heritage is “the textbook definition of racist comments.”

“Congressman Ryan is entitled to his opinion, as is everyone else who has an opinion on this. I’ve expressed mine, and if all we’re gonna do is talk about this, I’m gonna get in the car and go back,” Christie said, refusing to answer any more questions about the “kerfuffle” over Curiel.

“From my perspective, it’s refreshing to have someone who is willing to speak his mind,” he said of Trump later.