By Bill Mooney | August 12th, 2013 - 2:37pm
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TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie, in response to a question today, weighed in on the controversy nipping at the heels of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan over a racially insensitive tweet.

That tweet, which a campaign staffer had posted and which Lonegan promptly ordered removed, has turned into a controversy as the primary campaign winds down. Although he ordered the tweet eliminated, Lonegan later defended his situation and said he is being made a victim of the political correctness movement.

“Obviously the tweet in question was inflammatory and inappropriate,’’ Christie said during a press conference. “The proof that it was was that Steve ordered it taken down.”

In response to Lonegan’s subsequent defense of his situation, Christie said that “His actions in taking it down undercut his later defense.’’

“Steve never backs away from something, no matter how controversial,’’ Christie said. “My perspective, I would fire the guy who did it. Putting that tweet up shows a complete lack of judgment. Steve’s decision has been to work with that person. That’s his call.’’

Christie indicated that the controversy serves a purpose ultimately in that it gives the voters some insight into how he would make decisions as a Senator.

Previously, Christie has said that he anticipated endorsing whoever wins the GOP primary. Lonegan is facing Dr. Alieta Eck, who trails by wide margins in polls. 

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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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