Christie to Obama: demand cop killer to return from Cuba

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with President Obama’s decision to work to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the return of a convicted cop killer before diplomatic relations proceed.

Christie outlined his requests in a letter sent to the White House last week and released by his office Sunday.

Joanne Chesimard was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, but escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she has been granted asylum

Christie has generally refused to weigh in on foreign policy issues as he mulls a run for president in 2016.

He said he is in “profound disagreement” with the president, but said this was an opportunity for Cuba to prove it’s serious about change.


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