(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.
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.