New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday defended Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE, saying his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge were not racist.
“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 RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms 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.