Chris Christie: You Can Call NJ, NYC Bombings Terrorism


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Sunday that it is not yet clear that there is a connection between the bombing in New York City Saturday night, and an explosion reported at a 5K race near the Jersey Shore earlier in the day. There was also an incident at a Minnesota mall last night where a man was shot and killed after stabbing at least eight people.

"We don't believe at this time that there's any evidence connecting [the Jersey Shore bombing] to the attacks in New York or Minnesota," Christie said in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

"Obviously, if you look at a number of these incidents, you can call them whatever you want -- they are terrorism, though," Christie said.

"You don't want to jump to conclusions and you don't want to put information out there that you don't know is absolutely true," he also said.

TAPPER: As a general note, do you think politicians should wait until more information comes in? And should they defer to local official and investigators? Isn't that what you do as the governor of New Jersey?

CHRISTIE: Well, listen, I don't think you have to defer when saying that there was an explosion and a bomb in New York. I mean, everybody knew that. It was being reported on television, Jake, so there's a difference.

Now, you shouldn't attribute it to any particular organization or group if you don't have the facts or information to do that. But I think that what Donald did was perfectly appropriate to tell that group in Colorado Springs that a bomb had exploded.

This is typical Mrs. Clinton. She has absolutely no basis to be critical of what he did yesterday. But since her campaign is only based upon that, that's the only, you know, issue she could go to. And it's a shame. But it's because of her type of leadership over the last eight years, along with the president, that the world is a much more dangerous place.

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