New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday criticized President Obama’s handling of nuclear talks with Iran, during a broad foreign policy speech in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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“With Iran, the President’s eagerness for a deal on their nuclear program has him ready to accept a bad deal,” Christie said, as he called the existing framework “flimsy.”
“The price of inaction is steadily rising. Just last week we saw the embarrassment of almost all the Gulf leaders, including the Saudi King, pulling out of President Obama’s summit at Camp David. Our allies want policies, not photo ops, and we’re not listening to them,” he stated.
Christie has not formally announced a White House bid, but he has made numerous appearances in New Hampshire, and has made a series of speeches to highlight his policy ideas.
In his speech, the New Jersey governor warned of the possibility of a slippery slope in the Middle East region if the United States does not act firmly with Iran. “The deal as structured will lead to a nuclear Iran and, then, a nuclearized Middle East,” he proclaimed. “I have grave concerns over how we’re going to make Iranians live up to their end of the bargain.”
“If we’re not going to stop Iran getting a nuclear capability, then why would the Saudis or Egyptians or Emiratis choose not to follow?” he asked. “If we don’t have a plan to stop Bashar Assad in Syria, or Iraq in Yemen, what’s to stop governments lending support to proxy forces like Al Qaeda and ISIS?”
He also declared, “Our commitment to Israel must be absolute.”
Christie’s heavy focus on foreign policy issues is just a promo of what seems to be secondary to a possible presidential campaign mainly focused on the economy and domestic policy.
Jewish Republican donor Paul Singer will be co-hosting aluncheon for Christie on May 26 at the Metropolitan Club.
The outspoken governor will also be given a chance to impress the king of GOP Jewish politics, Sheldon Adelson, featured as a guest speaker at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, on May 28, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Jacob Kornbluh is a political correspondent for www.jpupdates.com