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Christie dodges ‘off-topic’ questions amid Trump criticism

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Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) dodged questions about Donald Trump, calling them “off topic” at a press conference in New Jersey on Monday.

“I’m answering on-topic questions today,” said Christie who was announcing his pick to fill a New Jersey Supreme Court vacancy.

“No, I won’t permit you to,” he told a reporter who attempted to ask a question that wasn’t about the judicial pick. “So, permission denied.”

“Anything else on topic?” Christie continued.

{mosads}Minutes later, Christie dismissed another question he didn’t want to answer.

“Enough. Seriously. You know there’s no shot,” he told the reporter.

Some questions asked at the presser were reportedly about Trump and others about state issues.

Asked why he was declining to answer some questions, Christie responded “because I don’t want to.”

Christie shocked political watchers by endorsing Trump on Friday. He also hit the trail for the GOP front-runner, bashing his rivals most prominently Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Trump is facing growing criticism from fellow Republicans after he failed to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in a Sunday interview.

Trump early Monday blamed his stumbles on a faulty earpiece during the interview, pointing out that he rejected Duke’s support during a press conference on Friday.

Christie, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race in February, has faced criticism over his surprise endorsement of Trump. 

Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard CEO who served as national finance co-chair of Christie’s campaign, called his endorsement of Trump “an astonishing display of political opportunism.”

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