New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on a Friday interview with “The Today Show” that fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has “an obligation” to correct the misinformation about President Barack Obama.
A man at Trump’s campaign event in New Hampshire Thursday told the real estate mogul: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know, he’s not even an American. Birth certificate, man. But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”
Trump brushed off the comments on Obama’s heritage and religion, despite being a vocal critic of Obama’s citizenship. Instead saying, “We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”
Christies said The Donald had “an obligation” to correct the man.
“I wouldn’t have permitted that,” Christie said. “If someone brought that up at a town hall of mine, I would have said ‘Before we answer, let’s clear some things up for the rest of the audience,’ and I think you have an obligation as a leader to do that.”
Trump has to decide how serious he wants his candidacy to be, Christie said.
“He’s got to decide what he wants to do for himself, but I would just tell you if someone at one of my town hall meetings said something like that I would correct them,” Christie said. “I’d say ‘No, the President’s a Christian and he was born in this country.’ Those two things are self-evident.”
Here’s the video, from “The Today Show,” below:
“I wouldn’t have permitted that.” –@ChrisChristie talks Trump town hall q&a http://t.co/izZckIAWfC
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 18, 2015