(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.
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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.
Christie never mis speaks. He always tells it straight up. But he does LIE often
Well atleast he cant use his nose as a third hand to type with .
It took few dollars to change his view. I wonder what he will say next?
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.
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.
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.
Hahahaha, no dough for you Krispy
I wonder if one's lips become chapped from kissing old, wrinkled butt?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So much for the Adelson bump.
rs....at least romney kn ew that russia is a geopolitical foe..he also knew that we have less than 57 states..
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).
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! "
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.
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.
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?
@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.
A Faux Pas by any other name would still smell of herring, dried in the sun.
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."
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.