Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Questioned in Facebook Forum

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Questioned in Facebook Forum

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Governor Christie defended the pay raises he gave his staff when answering one of hundreds of questions posed to him at a live Facebook chat on Friday.

Christie made another visit to the social network's headquarters on a trip to California, part of a weekend of fundraising and campaigning that will also take him to a private retreat hosted by the former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Friday's questions covered a range of both silly and substantive issues, touching on Christie's weight, his presidential ambitions and New Jersey policies like public employee pensions and gun- control legislation.

"Why is ok for you to give your staff 23% raises (on average) and limit police and firemen to 2% raises at maximum ???" questioner Paul Capu wrote. "Isn't that hypocritical?"

Christie said spending had decreased. "My overall budget is less now by $250,000 than it was in my first term -- that's cutting salaries, not rsising [sic] them," he replied.

Capu wasn't satisfied with the answer. "Thanks for avoiding the question" he wrote.

In California on Friday, Christie attended two finance events and a luncheon fundraiser, where tickets were $10,000, for the Republican Governors Association in San Francisco. His day began with an 8:30 a.m. campaign stop in that city with Neel Kashkari, the Republican running for governor of California. During that event, Christie was asked whether the Republican Governors Association would disavow Texas Gov. Rick Perry's remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, has decided not to seek another term this year in Texas.

"I'll just say that I disagree with them, and I don't believe that's an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it's wrong," Christie said in remarks captured on video and posted on the San Francisco Chronicle's website.

At his Facebook Q&A, commenters posed almost 400 questions -- many were ignored but Christie did provide answers on a range of them. …

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