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Chris Christie for Sale: Christie Apologizes for Referring to 'Occupied Territories' — He's Terrified of Billionaire GOP Funders Like Israel-Based Sheldon Adelson

Israel-based billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson has the tough-talking NJ governor Chris Christie under total control (Illustration by DonkeyHotey)

By Kenneth P. Vogel
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Sheldon Adelson in a meeting Saturday for stepping on a fault line in Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

Invoking a 2012 trip he and his family took to Israel, Christie recalled in the speech: “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day.”

While the story was intended to forge common cause with Adelson and the several hundred donors to the Republican Jewish Coalition to which Christie was speaking, his use of the term “occupied territories” set off murmurs in the crowd. The term refers to lands in which Palestinians live where Israel maintains a military presence, including the West Bank.

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