Christie Dismisses Climate Change Question from NBC's Lauer as 'Distraction,' 'Esoteric Theory'

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<p>In an interview with Chris Christie on Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer grilled the New Jersey Governor on his skepticism that man-made climate change caused Superstorm Sandy: "You said you don't think there's been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change. <strong>Several experts I've heard from say the destruction, though, from Sandy, was probably more severe because of elements of climate change, including rising sea levels."</strong><br /><br />Lauer began to ask: "Are you not willing to say that's from-" Christie cut him off: "No, I'm not....this is their business, they study it, and they say, 'probably,' 'maybe.' All I said was, I haven't been shown any definitive proof yet that that's what caused it. And this is just – listen, <strong>this is distraction. I've a place to rebuild here and people want to talk to me about esoteric theories."</strong></p><p><em>More in the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2013/05/24/christie-dismisses…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.</em><strong><br /></strong></p>

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