Christie Sports columnist John Ziegler discusses the controversy over New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie’s comments about Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Christie was criticized by Olympic organizers after he said Ennis, the only American in the field, “should have been able to keep up” with the Americans.
Ennis was not able to compete because she was in New Jersey at the time.
“She’s got a lot of work to do and that’s all,” Christie said.
“She’s not in the Olympics.”
“I don’t know what the hell he was thinking,” Christie added.
“I don�t know what his thinking was.”
Christie also said Enns should have been the first to go, instead of winning the gold medal.
He later clarified his comments to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
A statement from the IOC said it has spoken to the governor about his comments. “
Jessica was the best in the world and the greatest athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, so I hope she goes home with the gold.”
A statement from the IOC said it has spoken to the governor about his comments.
The IOC added that the IOC has not made any disciplinary actions and is reviewing Christie�s comments.
Christie, a Republican, won the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and he has said he plans to run again in 2020.
In a statement, Ennis� spokeswoman, Amy Siegel, said the statement from Christie was inappropriate.
We have no comment on the governor�s remarks,” Siegel said.