President-elect Donald Trump is "right to push back" on reports that Russia had tried to use incriminating information as leverage against him, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday, and he's proud of him for taking a stand.
"Sometimes people in politics just ignore this stuff," Christie, a one-time insider with the Trump campaign, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "That's not his style, and he's going to push back and push back hard, and I'm proud of him for doing that."
Trump will on Wednesday hold his first press conference since winning the presidency, and the questions will likely come up about the Russian report and other matters, and Christie said he expects viewers will see a "typical performance by the president-elect."
"He'll listen to the questions," said Christie. "If he thinks they're good questions, he'll answer them directly and bluntly. And if he thinks they're stupid questions, he'll say they're stupid. That's the way the president-elect operates. And I think that's what you're going to see from him today."
Meanwhile, Trump has raised an important issue concerning the latest reports on Russian involvement in the election, said Christie.
"If intelligence agencies have this information, it should be kept private," the New Jersey governor, himself a 2016 presidential candidate, told Fox News. "This is supposed to be our nation's secrets, especially when things aren't verified.
"So this is what it's like to live in public life right now, unfortunately. Anybody can throw things up on the wall, it can get reported on TV or newspapers."
After that happens, the public thinks the news is true, Christie continued "because they heard it someplace or read it someplace," and Trump will use Twitter or Facebook to get out his own side of the story.
And, Christie said, he believes Trump on the matter.
"Donald Trump is a guy who has traveled the world for most of his adult life. He has been involved in business dealings all around the world," said Christie. "There is no chance in my view that the president-elect would allow himself to be involved in this. He's just too smart for that."
Back in his home state of New Jersey, Christie is focusing on the epidemic of drug abuse and addiction.
"About one of every 12 high school students say they're using Vicodin," said Christie. "One of every 12 high school students say they're using Oxycontin. And one in five of those kids become heroin addicts."
The death count is climbing as a result of drug addiction, which is hitting every economic level.
"You're having young people, middle-aged people, working professionals who are becoming heroin addicts, and it is tearing our country apart," said Christie.
"Fifty thousand people in America in 2014 died of a heroin overdose. So this issue needs to be addressed, and we're going to address it very aggressively in New Jersey because our citizens are dying. "
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