MORRISTOWN, N.J., Jan. 27, 2020 — The Christie Institute for Public Policy – a not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey – hosted the second event of its lecture series at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, which featured a conversation between former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger.
The discussion was an hour-long dialogue covering historical and current events in the Middle East, China, North Korea, and other hot spots around the world.
Michele Brown, executive director of The Christie Institute for Public Policy, provided welcoming remarks to the invitation-only event, while Institute chair Bill Palatucci formally introduced Dr. Kissinger and former Governor Christie to attending guests.
“Regarding North Korea, you have to remember our policy has been to deprive them of nuclear weapons, and have sanctions. But if they don’t give up these weapons voluntarily, we will have to make a tough decision. To let North Korea develop nuclear weapons is a threat to all of their neighbors, particularly China,” said Dr. Kissinger.
“Any American president of either party will have to face this very complex issue. We have made some progress, putting them under severe sanctions. This is a problem we are all likely to be faced with during the next administration,” added Dr. Kissinger.
In discussing Iran and the drone strike that killed Iranian General Suleimani, Dr. Kissinger said, “It was absolutely the right move. Nobody gets immunity who had planned attacks on American citizens.”
Moving on to discuss China, Dr. Kissinger said, “China is in some respects similar to the U.S.; we both consider ourselves exceptional countries.It is a complicated period for both Chinese and American leaders, which we will have to analyze and for which there is no precedent. The Chinese relationship will be an important one. We can’t let it go back to the way it was. We have to keep up some pressure because this [trade] agreement is only for two years. The next two years will be a test of whether these issues can be settled by negotiation.”
Governor Christie thanked Seton Hall University, Dr. Kissinger and special attending guests.
“You can all tell why the Christie Institute had this idea to try bring bipartisanship back to our political discussions. It was fascinating advice, whether you were a democrat or republican, or independent on how to deal with some of the huge issues facing our country,” added Christie.
“Dr. Kissinger is one of the most energetic and extraordinary American treasures,” claimed Governor Christie. “We always have a wonderful time. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop this friendship over the last decade with him. I said, let’s just do like we do when we have lunch and discuss our views on the world.”
The Christie Institute for Public Policy will hold the next lecture this spring, and will announce further details within a few weeks. The next lecture will focus on healthcare in America and how to come up with bipartisan solutions.
The Christie Institute for Public Policy was formed in 2019 by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, working in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School. The Institute, which will be a 501©(3) nonprofit, educational organization, will foster the understanding of major public policy issues facing our nation through a nonpartisan perspective.
The Christie Institute was founded to provide a forum for open discussions on matters of national and international significance. The Institute will host quarterly public policy lectures, award scholarships to law students committed to careers in public service and engage in the development of public policy initiatives through sponsored research.
The Institute hosted its inaugural event on September 26, 2019 by welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for a discussion with Governor Chris Christie. The two Governors had a thoughtful and engaging conversation on what is needed to restore bipartisanship in governing, and how their personal relationship led to their successful joint efforts in governing, with special emphasis on their work during Superstorm Sandy. The lecture in full is available for viewing on the Institute website.
In 2020 the Institute will host events on topics including healthcare and national and global leadership.
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About Henry A. Kissinger
Henry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975.
At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International Olympic Committee.
About Governor Christie
Chris Christie was inaugurated as the 55thGovernor of the State of New Jersey on January 19, 2010. He was re-elected in November of 2013 and served two full terms as Governor. He left office in January of 2018.
During his time in office, Governor Christie emphasized the issues of fiscal responsibility, pension and health benefit reform, education reform and the opioid crisis gripping his state and the nation. He also devised the state’s landmark response to Superstorm Sandy, leading the rebuilding of the state’s housing, infrastructure and public schools and setting a bi-partisan example for storm recovery.
On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump appointed Governor Christie as Chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Governor Christie led the Commission on a seven-month investigation of this issue, holding hearings around the country. Prior to his service as Governor, he served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from January 2002 to December 2008.
Governor Christie authored “Let Me Finish,” a political and personal autobiography, which was published by Hachette Books in January 2019. The book premiered at number five on The New York Times best seller list and stayed on the list for an additional three weeks.
He is now a Senior Legal and Political Commentator for ABC News, the Managing Member of the Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions, LLC in Morristown, NJ, and the founder of the Christie Institute for Public Policy.