Chris Christie Argues Trump’s Muslim Ban Isn’t Actually A Ban On Muslims

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Despite condemning Donald Trump’s Muslim ban on the campaign trail, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has changed course and said last week that Trump’s proposal isn’t really a ban on Muslims.

“You all continue to call it a Muslim ban. That’s not what it is and never has been,” Christie told reporters, according to the Bergen Record. “So I’ve urged him to continue to speak in detail about this, so that it prevents the media from short-handing something and making him look like something that he’s not.”

Since failing in his own presidential bid, Christie has appeared on the campaign trail for Trump. According to the Bergen Record, Christie told reporters that he also gave Trump advice on how to better sell his widely-criticized plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., which he once called “ridiculous.”

“We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we,” Christie said at the time. “You do not need to be banning Muslims from the country. That’s, in my view, that’s a ridiculous position and one that won’t even be productive.”

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Trained Monkey on the Organ Grinder’s machine says what?

  2. Two equally total jokes.

  3. So, it’s not a ban. Okay, what is it then, exactly??

  4. Honestly…these GOPpers don’t even TRY anymore, do they? It seems they would care about their futures but they are tying their ridiculousness the the far fetched hope that The Donald will take care of him…something He, Trump has never done in his entire life. Loyalty is not a Trump strong suit.

  5. Being this big of suck up doesn’t look well on him. He performs better as a bully.

    Good riddance to both personas.

Continue the discussion at

82 more replies


Avatar for paulw Avatar for anniew Avatar for fgs Avatar for blue_bear Avatar for ajoguy Avatar for srfromgr Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for sysprog Avatar for firstprime Avatar for courthousedoc Avatar for sniffit Avatar for sherlock1 Avatar for richardnixonhuberthumphrey Avatar for boidster Avatar for exspectator Avatar for darrtown Avatar for benthere Avatar for emilianoelmexicano Avatar for meta Avatar for dommyluc Avatar for maricaibo Avatar for albesure Avatar for boisdevache Avatar for centralasiaexpat

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: