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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie does not think President Donald Trump should sit down face to face with special prosecutor Robert Mueller. The former Republican governor spoke Tuesday during his first appearance as a political contributor for ABC News. Christie was characterized on Good Morning America as a friend and adviser to Trump. Christie, who served as the U.S. attorney for
New Jersey before he was elected, said he doesn’t think there have been any credible allegations against Trump. But Christie also said Mueller is not someone “to be trifled with.” He also said anyone who speculates about what Mueller may know is “throwing darts at the wall with a blindfold on.” Christie was once considered a potential president but his political career has floundered since 2012. First came “Bridgegate,” in which Christie’s former allies shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge for five days in 2013. Then came his support for Trump, his one-time presidential primary opponent, despite Trump’s attempts to embarrass Christie. By June 2017, nearing the end of his second term as governor, his approval rating among state voters had dropped to 15 percent, according to polls. And that was before a July 2017 dust-up, in which Christie’s family stayed in a state-owned beach house over the July 4 weekend — even though the park in which it is located was closed to the public during a New Jersey government shutdown.
A judge Tuesday rejected a legal move seeking to force O.J. Simpson to turn over profits from autographs to satisfy a $70 million-plus civil judgment for the 1994 killings of the former football star’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg denied the request on grounds that Goldman’s father, Fred, cannot identify who is paying Simpson. Simpson, 70, served nine years in Nevada state prison for armed robbery and assault with a weapon in an ill-fated bid to retrieve memorabilia. While Simpson was acquitted of two counts of murder in the 1994 slayings, a civil court jury found him liable for wrongful death and ordered him to pay $33.5 million, which has more than doubled over two decades. Simpson sold autographs shortly after his release from a Nevada prison in October to pay legal bills and has no interest in signing memorabilia, one of his lawyers said in court papers. Fred Goldman has been able to seize some of the professional football Hall of Famer’s assets, including video game royalties and the rights to the book If I Did It, a ghost-written account in which Simpson tells how he might have killed his ex-wife and Ron Goldman.