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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.



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