Christie: Trump's Remarks 'Inappropriate,' Cruz's Criticism Was 'Hypocritical'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took aim at Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an interview this morning on "America's Newsroom."
Christie said he is not offended by Trump's recent statements on Mexican immigrants, but called the statements "inappropriate."
"I think what he said was wrong. It was inappropriate and I don't think it has any place in the campaign," said Christie, calling Trump a "good friend" who tries to provoke a reaction with his opinions.
The governor also took issue with Cruz's criticism of Republicans for engaging in intra-party attacks. Cruz said on "Meet the Press" that he "salutes" Trump for focusing on illegal immigration, but refused to engage in "the media's game of throwing rocks" at another Republican candidate.
"It seems the favorite sport of the American media is to encourage some Republicans to attack other Republicans. I ain't gonna do it. I'm not interested in Republican-on-Republican violence," said Cruz.
Christie accused Cruz of going after his fellow Republicans by trying to unseat a sitting GOP senator in the last primary. Christie said Cruz "sponsored primary ads" against Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and other Republican senators, so his criticism seems "hypocritical."
"I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence. ... All due respect, I don't need lectures from Ted Cruz," he said.
Watch the remarks below.