Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Nov. 24, 2015.
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Christie: Parties in NJ on 9/11 ‘didn’t happen’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rebuked a claim by fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that “thousands” of Muslims held “tailgate parties” in northern New Jersey on September 11th.

Christie, who was appointed U.S. attorney shortly after 9/11, said Monday during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H. that celebrations didn’t happen in New Jersey.

“It didn’t happen, and the fact is people can say anything but the facts are the facts, that did not happen in NJ that day and it hasn’t happened since,” Christie said.

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Trump continues to defend his claim even though media reports do not exist that say “thousands” of Muslims held “tailgate parties” after the attacks brought down the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan.

In one defense of his claim, Trump said on “Meet the Press” Sunday, “I saw it. So many people saw it … So, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back.”

Trump said his staff is searching for evidence of the parties in New Jersey.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Trump said “They’ll find something” but it’s taking time because, “You know if you look back 14-15 years, that was like ancient times in terms of cinema and in terms of news and everything else. They don’t have the same stuff. Today you can press a button and you can see exactly what went on two years.”

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Chris Christie, Donald Trump and September 11th

Christie: Parties in NJ on 9/11 'didn't happen'

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