Christie delivered his speech by reading from a paper copy of his prepared remarks, at times deviating from his script.

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While teleprompters have become a standard aid for delivering major political speeches, Republicans have criticized President Obama for using one during even minor appearances. 

Obama's opponents have attempted to work the teleprompter into a narrative about Obama being superficial or overly slick, implying that he needs a safety net to deliver polished remarks.

In February, Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackProtester at GOP rep town hall: You wasted a lot of money investigating Benghazi, waste a little on Trump A guide to the committees: House Trump tweets about flag burning, setting off a battle MORE (R-Ark.) sardonically proposed cutting funding for the president’s teleprompter.