Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

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Posted: Dec 21, 2014 2:18 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the return of a convicted cop killer before diplomatic relations proceed.

Christie outlined his requests in a letter sent to the White House last week and released by his office Sunday.

Joanne Chesimard was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 but escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she was granted asylum.

A spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council says it will continue to press the Cuban government to return U.S. fugitives.

Christie has generally refrained from weighing in on foreign policy issues as he mulls a run for president in 2016.