New Jersey governor Christie urges opposition to Iran deal

New Jersey governor Christie urges opposition to Iran deal

At a Chabad house, 2016 Republican hopeful calls on his state’s Congress reps, especially Sen. Cory Booker, to vote against accord

File: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in May 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
File: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in May 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday.

Christie, the governor of New Jersey, at the Rutgers University Chabad House in New Brunswick, New Jersey, called on Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and the rest of his state’s congressional delegation to vote against the deal.

Booker has not announced his position on the deal, which lifts economic sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. New Jersey’s other senator, Robert Menendez, announced on Aug. 18 that he opposes the deal.

“We now must count on the United States Congress to substitute for the moral clarity that this president lacks,” Christie said at the event, according to The Associated Press.

“It is a bad deal,” Christie said of the agreement negotiated by the United States and five other world powers. “It is a deal that is not in the interest of the United States, and I think the folks in New Jersey have learned over the last six years that when I think something is a bad deal, I take action to try to change it,” he added, standing alongside former Republican candidate for Congress Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Congress will vote in September on whether to approve the deal. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any legislation aimed at blocking the deal.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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