- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie made it clear Wednesday that he would never “dignify” the Black Lives Matter movement by holding a meeting with the activists as his Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has.

Speaking at a town hall event in Bettendorf, Iowa, the New Jersey governor was asked how he would support law enforcement as president, The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.

“I think all lives matter,” Mr. Christie said. “But let me tell you this: When a movement like that calls for the murder of police officers … no president of the United States should dignify a group like that by saying anything positive about them, and no candidate for president, like Hillary Clinton, should give them any credibility by meeting with them, as she’s done.”

“I want the Black Lives Matter people to understand: Don’t call me for a meeting,” he said. “You’re not getting one.”

Last month, Mrs. Clinton met privately with members of the Black Lives Matter movement to talk about criminal justice issues while in Washington, D.C., for the National Council of Negro Women.

The former secretary of state has made criminal justice reform a priority in her presidential campaign, calling on the nation to confront “systemic racism.”



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