New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was quick to defend Melania Trump from allegations that she plagiarized a large part of her speech to the Republican National Convention.
While on NBC’s “Today” show, Christie was asked if he thought that Melania’s speech, which mirrored Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention, was plagiarized.
“No,” Christie quickly countered. “Not when 93 percent of the speech is completely different from Michelle Obama’s speech.”
The part of Melania’s speech that talked about how crucial it was for her kids to know the importance of hard work sounded just like what Obama said in her speech.
“They express some common thoughts,” said Christie, but “Today” co-host Matt Lauer quickly intervened.
“It’s almost word-for-word,” observed Lauer.
Christie tried to divert from the subject, suggesting that it will soon be forgotten about.
“The worst day of the convention is the first day,” said Christie, “after tonight, we won’t be talking about this.”
The governor was questioned whether he thought the size of Trump’s campaign staff was too small and if that may have played a role in the speech writing.
“I don’t know. I think they were trying to do a lot of things at one time,” Christie said, “And I know Melania: I think she worked very hard on that speech. A lot of what I heard last night sounded very much like her.”
Christie will give his speech to the National Republic Convention tonight and promises to “make the case tonight that Donald Trump is ready to be president of the United States.”