Christie’s Sunday Show Rounds Cover Trump, Opioids, Sandy
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie made the rounds of Sunday morning news shows to talk about a wide range of topics.
Crossing the cable news and network television shows Christie addressed reports of possible charges coming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, and president Donald Trump's declaration on a national emergency on opioid abuse and the fifth anniversary of Super Storm Sandy.
CNN reported that a federal grand jury approved the first charges in the investigation being conducted by the former FBI director. Those charged, whose names were not disclosed, could be taken into custody as early as Monday, according to the report.
"I think anybody who's been advised by the special counsel's office that they're a target of the investigation -- which I'm sure he has done to those people who are -- should be concerned," Christie told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."
The governor, a former prosecutor, also stressed the importance of keeping grand jury testimony secret, and that it could be a crime to leak the information.
"As a prosecutor I could tell you that was the thing that we emphasized the most with our prosecutors and our agents was let me tell you something, we will prosecute you if we find out you leaked this stuff, because we have to have the public have confidence in the fact that the grand jury system is secret and as a result fair," Christie told ABC "This Week" host George Stephanopolous.
Christie also said that Congress needs to approve funding for the federal public emergency fund, which the governor said only has $57,000. That is where the money would come from to fund any steps the Trump administration takes to combat the opioid epidemic.
"Now it is incumbent upon Congress to be able to appropriate money into the public health emergency fund. There's only $57,000 there right now. Nothing the president can do about that. Congress appropriates," Christie told Face the Nation host John Dickerson on CBS' Face the Nation.
On the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Christie gave Trump a B+ for his response to Hurricanes Maria and Jose.
"Unlike where New Jersey was from an infrastructure perspective back in 2012, Puerto Rico's infrastructure because of its bankruptcy was degraded significantly before the storm," Christie said.
Christie commemorated Sandy's anniversary at a "Day Of Prayer" service at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Toms River.
After viewing a video of Sandy damage with the church's congregation, Christie recalled by overwhelmed by the magnitude of repairing damage from the storm. Christie credited the feeling of hope he got from "the greater family of America and folks around the world" that helped New Jersey recover.
"It has been and will always be the greatest honor of my eight years as governor to have had the opportunity to lead the great people of this state through such a difficult trial. You’re right, you don’t run for Governor to do this, and there is no manual waiting in one of the desk drawers for you on how to do it. But the way you lead is to draw inspiration from the people you lead, and that is what I did and that is what I hope any leader when confronted with this in the future will do," the governor said.
Sandy was blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S. and Caribbean and more than $71 billion in damage in this country alone.