Gov. Christie continues Patriot Act support – Watch
Gov. Chris Christie, for the second time on Wednesday, attacked members of Congress who are opposed to renewing the Patriot Act in its current form.
The act, which expires on June 1, includes the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data. It was introduced shortly after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“There’s nobody who’s engaging in this national conversation, other than me, who’s used these tools,” Christie said on New Jersey 101.5’s Ask the Governor program. “I’ve used them for about seven years as a prosecutor, and what they’re talking about is theoretical. What I talk about is actual.”
Critics of the act, as it stands now, have claimed that the collection of phone records impedes the rights of American citizens.
“I don’t think there is anything we should be doing to lessen our ability to protect the homeland,” Christie added.
The governor also discussed the issue Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends.”