Dallas fan Christie praises Cowboys’ anthem protest

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Devoted Dallas Cowboys fan Gov. Chris Christie says how the team handled its protest during the national anthem last week was “perfect.”

Christie on Friday first addressed the controversy that played out over last weekend at an unrelated news conference in Trenton.

He says he respects players’ right to protest but also thinks that it is “disrespectful” not to stand during the Star Spangled Banner.

The Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, kneeled in protest but before the anthem was sung.

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Trump spent days lashing out at players who kneel, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest racial issues, including police brutality.

Christie also said he wouldn’t have spent as much time on the issue as Trump.