NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Over the sound of protesters upset with the move, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday defended his decision to send state troopers to Baltimore following riots there.
In his first meeting with the press in months, Christie said: “I sent troopers to Baltimore for the same reason that states all around sent troopers here and other officials when we had Hurricane Sandy. When there’s an emergency in another area in our region and folks reach out for help, we’re going to reach out and give that help.”READ MORE: Caught On Video: Man Pushes 72-Year-Old Woman Into Newsstand
The governor, who uncharacteristically ignored the protesters said that Maryland is paying for the cost of the troopers, who were expected to return to New Jersey in 72 hours.