Christie says he misspoke when using the term 'occupied territories'
March 30th, 2014
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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.

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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.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. steve

    Whaddya expect? Did ya think yur priceless MIng Vase wouldn't be broken when Governor Christie blundered through da China Shop? C'mon. Wise up. He's a surefire lsoer who shut down the Bridge despigte all his lies.
    Now here's a trick question

    Q: How can you tell when governor Christie is lying?
    A: His mouth is open!!

    March 30, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. trinaflats

    As opposed to calling them what? They were territories... that were occupied.... that's it. Talk about political nonsense. It's one thing to say that the Jewish people had a claim to the land, it's another thing to ask people to forget that the land once belonged to the Palestinians at all. The lands were occupied forcefully and asking people to call it another way is just disrespectful to the extreme. I'm not going to argue about who was right in this conflict, but I am going to say that occupied territories is exactly the right word for it.

    March 30, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. rick

    It's ok Israil, Christ is just a Used Car Salesman, the more he waves his arms around and jumps up and down, you know he is selling JUNK. Tea Party RHETORIC.

    March 30, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Name Uche Agonsi

    Mis-speaking and lying are good neighbours. So when both come out from same snout, its beyond mistake. In Vegas, other neighbours to Mis-speaking include fringe activities like casino baitings and crimes, prostitution, worship of money and lust for alluring liquor. How could these GOPers funding fathers choose any other place outside Vegas. With places like that, chance is that you can do more than mis-speaking.

    March 30, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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