- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie’s appearance at the NAACP’s annual state conference has drawn mixed reviews.

The governor called for an increase in “respectful discourse” during his speech Saturday at the event in Parsippany, saying people can disagree on the issues without resorting to name-calling or other demeaning behavior.

As an example, he noted that while he has taken action on many issues supported by the civil rights group, they also remain at odds on other key matters.

Some NAACP officials said Christie’s appearance was a “good faith effort” that could help open lines of communication between the organization and his administration.

But other group members accused the possible Republican presidential candidate of political opportunism, noting that this was the first time Christie had addressed the conference since he became governor.

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