During a Nov. 10 town hall meeting in Bettendorf, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate let it be known that Black Lives Matter movement shouldn’t bother contacting him.
“I want the Black Lives Matter people to understand — don’t call me for a meeting,” Christie says. “You’re not getting one.”
Christie, after being demoted from the top-tier candidates in the Republican field to the undercard debate on Nov. 9, has pitched himself as the best GOP candidate to defeat presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a general election.
“Give me the chance next November, and I will keep her so far away from the White House, she will have to get a pass to come to visit,” the New Jersey governor says.
Christie spent the undercard debate ignoring attacks from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and continually attacking Clinton, claiming that Republican voters should choose a candidate who is “going to be able to beat Hillary Clinton and keep their eye on the ball,” The New York Times reports.
Despite being knocked down into the undercard debate, Christie has been enjoying growing numbers at his campaign stops. This has been attributed to his spirited debate performance and a widely shared viral video featuring him discussing drug addiction with compassion, The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.
During his town hall meeting in Iowa, Christie was asked about the current relations between law enforcement and the public.
"I think all lives matter," Christie began, echoing the phrase used by those opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“When a movement like that calls for the murder of police officers...no President of the United States should dignify a group like that by saying anything positive about them, and no candidate for president, like Hillary Clinton, should give them any credibility by meeting with them, as she's done,” Christie says, according to The New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Clinton met with representatives of Black Lives Matter in Washington D.C. during October. Her campaign has vowed to push for several of the movement’s suggested reforms to better improve relations between law enforcement and African Americans, The Hill reports.