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Christie: Unemployment Remark ‘Ill-Advised’

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Gov. Chris Christie addresses a town hall meeting in Washington Township (Gloucester County), NJ - Nov 15, 2010 - Photo: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie has added his voice to the chorus of people who believe a GOP leader was wrong to denounce New Jersey’s unemployed.

Christie said remarks by Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce “ill-advised.”

DeCroce told business leaders this week that a resident collecting $550 a week in unemployment benefits has little incentive to look for work.

His remarks touched off a firestorm of name-calling by Republicans and Democrats.

On Thursday, Christie called for a truce, asking that legislative leaders embrace the spirit of Christmas.

Earlier, New Jersey AFL-CIO leader Charles Wowkanech called DeCroce’s comments were “an unprovoked insult to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.”

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