Once Again, No, Christie Was Not Appointed U.S. Attorney Before 9/11

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September 16, 2015 10:35 p.m.
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Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got the date he was appointed as U.S. attorney wrong — again — at Wednesday night’s CNN debate.

Christie told CNN host and debate moderator Jake Tapper that he was appointed to the position the day before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Jake, I was named U.S. attorney by President Bush on Sept. 10, 2001,” Christie said.

During the first GOP debate last month, Christie made similar comments and forced his campaign spokeswoman to concede that he had “misspoke.”

Christie said at that Fox News debate in August that he was appointed U.S. attorney the day before 9/11. However, while it was expected that Christie would be appointed as a U.S. attorney, Bush didn’t announce his intention to nominate him until December 2001.

Christie was confirmed and began work as New Jersey’s top prosecutor in January 2002.

“He was making the point that the world changed the next day, so that was the context: The point he was making was that on Sept. 10th, when he got the call (from Bush), it was a very different world than Sept. 11th,” spokeswoman Samantha Smith said after the previous debate, as quoted by NJ.com.

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