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.

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