Christie says he misspoke when using the term 'occupied territories'
March 30th, 2014
09:54 AM ET
7 months ago

Christie says he misspoke when using the term 'occupied territories'

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday he "misspoke" when he used the controversial term "occupied territories" in an address to a Republican Jewish Coalition event.

In a private meeting later with Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who is a major backer of the group, Christie said "I misspoke," according to Andy Abboud, senior vice president of Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. Abboud, who also attended the session, told CNN that Christie said "I don't believe that," referring to the view that the West Bank is occupied by Israel.

During his speech, Christie talked about a trip to Israel he had taken and then caused a stir when he used the controversial words.

"I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across, and just felt personally how extraordinary that was, to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day," he said.

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The term "occupied territories" is controversial because many Israelis don't consider them occupied but say Israel has a legitimate claim to them. Palestinians, along with the United Nations, consider the West Bank to be Palestinian, but under military occupation by Israel.

Abboud said Christie expanded on his views, and Adelson was satisfied.

"They had a nice meeting," Abboud told CNN.

Politico first reported the details of the Christie-Adelson meeting.

CNN's Conor Finnegan contributed to this story.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. sammy750

    Christie never mis speaks. He always tells it straight up. But he does LIE often

    March 30, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Chris-E...al

    Well atleast he cant use his nose as a third hand to type with .

    March 30, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Ali

    It took few dollars to change his view. I wonder what he will say next?

    March 30, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Does he know Israel is the number one culprit in that area? This guy talks of Foreign policy? Does he know any thing substantial about Foreign Policy? Nonsense talk.

    March 30, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Lizzie

    Gurgyl "Does he know Israel is the number one culprit in that area?" Right, and the Palestinians because they are so nice and considerate, shoot Rockets every day into Israel.

    March 30, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. wendel

    for such a smart guy how come he didn't know what was going on??? You really believe this big blowhard???? if ya do I have a bridge for you.

    March 30, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. ChrisM

    Hahahaha, no dough for you Krispy

    March 30, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. just me

    I wonder if one's lips become chapped from kissing old, wrinkled butt?

    March 30, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. wag333

    Disgusting display of suck-up being now witnessed in the fitting location of Vegas (sin city). Rick Perry looks even better now for passing this one up.

    March 30, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. rs

    This sounds very similar to Mr. Romney's big foreign adventure before the last election (wherein he got the situation and the policy wrong in each of the three nations he visited, and actually made them angry). Aside from Fundamentalist's support, why does the GOP insist on viewing the world through the Israeli lens? They inevitably get it wrong, and it is so distorted that it courts bringing back Mr. Bush's rather disastrous world view- something I would think smart GOP candidates would flee from.

    March 30, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Foreign policy experience for a republican candidate is usually a trip to the a Caymans to count money. A ride over settlements seemed to satisfy Adelson, and he is, after all, the one choosing the GOP candidate for 2016.

    March 30, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. J Anthony

    I believe they call that a "gaffe"(when politicians let their true feelings or the truth of a situation slip out). Israel and Palestine have been horrible to eachother for irrational reasons.. And there's no end in sight.

    March 30, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Peace

    Christie is less intelligent and not inquisitive. Look at the people who have been surrounding him in New Jersey. See how he came quickly and declare he is innocent without thinking first investigations are still going on. He always uses talking tough as being his major weapon. He has no clue at all about Foreign matters. I can't wait to watch a free of charge MOVIE when journalists will start shooting real questions at him.

    March 30, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Jon

    No governor, you had it right the first time....Occupied Territories. We complained, isolated and boycotted South Africa's apartheid, yet we look the other way at the same situation in Israel.

    The two state solution is the only viable solution to the situation.

    March 30, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. yerkiddinright

    So much for the Adelson bump.

    March 30, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. sifto

    rs....at least romney kn ew that russia is a geopolitical foe..he also knew that we have less than 57 states..

    March 30, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    You know republicans are really worried when they start saying, " ....at least Romney knew..."

    Mittens said that Jeep was moving to China (got him liar of the year), the trees are the right height, 47% are takers ( red states are the worst), I am a strict conservative, corporations are people my friends, of course I support the Ryan budget, of course I support the Blount proposal (personhood).

    March 30, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. NameFrank Deery

    He is Not going to even figure into our 2016
    presidential aspirations, so Republicans need to focus on the best candidates without
    delving into New Jersey swamps.

    The song is over, Christie, but, alora, "the mallody lives on! "

    March 30, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Dee

    Christie always misspeak if he doesn't know what his staff does that is close to him and why they are all leaving their post, without an explanation is disturbing and a mystery for a hands on boss.

    Everyone one in his eyesight is a liar except him but the Federal investigation will reveal the truth.

    March 30, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The right wing "arguments" are becoming weaker and weaker and is no doubt embarrassing for their supporters whose mimicry is becoming as weak-kneed as the clowns they support.

    March 30, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Seems to "misspeak" alot lately. What is that other word for misspoke that I keep looking for? Hmmmmm. Could it be, no of course not. He would never lie. Would he?

    March 30, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @sifto: Then-candidate Obama was tired and said 57 states ONCE and you choose to ignore everything else. Mittens was wrong about Russia – who in the GOP even knew where Crimea was let alone cared about it until the Russian incursion? And the result is Putin is harming his country with the economic sanctions the U. S. And Europe are imposing.

    Stop listening to fox and all the RWNJs on the radio and maybe your comments will make some sense.

    March 30, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Winston Smith

    A Faux Pas by any other name would still smell of herring, dried in the sun.

    March 30, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Tom

    Looks like the Romney effect is kicking in early for Gov. Christie. "I misspoke. I meant to say the exact opposite of what I just said. That is, unless you don't like the opposite of what I said, then I meant to say something else."

    March 30, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Kjetil

    occupied territories is What it is. Why not tell the truth? Its like Christie is building a bridge towards relgious Extreme, like this land is out because bible. But no suprise, he is a republican.

    March 30, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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