This weekend Donald Trump described personally witnessing “thousands and thousands” of people in New Jersey cheering as the towers came down on 9/11. Cue New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is not going to stand for that, unless it helps him with voters—does anyone know if it will help him with voters?
“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering,” Trump insisted Sunday on ABC. “It was on television. I saw it.”
Is anyone defending the fine citizens of New Jersey—who very well may have been happy to see the towers fall, but were not, as far as anyone can tell, actually cheering it? Yes—plenty of people. But not Chris Christie, who, in a surprising turn, is treading lightly on the non-issue.
“I do not remember that, and so it’s not something that was part of my recollection,” Christie told reporters Sunday. “I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but, you know, there could be things I forget, too.”
So some of Chris Christie’s constituents got caught under his campaign bus—is that his fault? Not that he can recall, but, you know, there could be things he forgets, too.