Christie: Inner City Schools Are A "Dreaded Failure" Because Of Policies Hillary Clinton Pushes

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N.J. Gov. and Donald Trump surrogate Chris Christie speaks with ABC's 'This Week' host Martha Raddatz about Donald Trump's outreach to minority voters, especially inner city blacks. "Donald Trump is not going to give into the special interests in this country, like the teachers union who say that substandard education in our urban areas can only be fixed by giving it more money and that that’s all they’re going to do about it and not change the underlying problems that we have on violence," he said.

"A Trump presidency will address those kind of things head on without caving into the special interests like the teachers union, which Mrs. Clinton has completely sold out to," he also said. As N.J. Governor Christie has drawn the ire of the state teachers' unions.

MARTHA RADDATZ: OK, let’s -- let’s turn to the subject of race. As part of his outreach to black voters, Trump has described life for African-Americans as marked by poverty, crime, and violence. The vast majority of African-Americans do not live like that and many found those words offensive.

Do you find that an appropriate outreach?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: I think that when you have any folks in our population who live under the threat of violence, who live under the threat of crime, who don’t have the opportunity that others have because the schools in our urban areas are a dreaded failure, because of the positions that Hillary Clinton has taken and the people who support her, that I think any candidate should speak out to say that that type of thing is unacceptable. And I think what Donald is saying is that it’s unacceptable to him that members of the African-American community -- and I’m sure he will say this about other communities as well -- who live in violence, who are subject to that, or who do not have the educational opportunities that every child in this country should have so they can reach their fullest potential, that that’s unacceptable.

And what he’s saying is that a Trump presidency will address those kind of things head on without caving into the special interests like the teachers union, which Mrs. Clinton has completely sold out to-- She reversed her position on charter schools, reversed her position on changing the way our urban education is run, because she has sold out to the teachers union.

RADDATZ: So you had no problem --

CHRISTIE: Donald Trump won’t do that.

RADDATZ: -- with Donald Trump’s language on that? On the reach out to the minority community.

CHRISTIE: Well, I --

RADDATZ: No problem at all?

CHRISTIE: I like -- no, listen, my view on it is that you have to look at what the message is. And the message is that if anybody lives in those circumstances in this country, that’s something that the government should be working to try to change. And Donald Trump is not going to give into the special interests in this country, like the teachers union who say that substandard education in our urban areas can only be fixed by giving it more money and that that’s all they’re going to do about it and not change the underlying problems that we have on violence. We need to support our police officers and make sure that community policing becomes something that becomes the standard across the country.

These are the things Donald Trump has talked about.


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