NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie has some advice for President Trump's press secretary: "Don't bring up Hitler. Ever."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer was criticized Tuesday after he brought up Adolf Hitler when speaking about Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, saying that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."

Christie on Wednesday told the hosts of "Fox and Friends" on Fox News Channel that his general rule for anyone in public life is "don't bring up Hitler. Ever. There's no winning.  There's no winning in bringing up Hitler. Write that down. It's very important."

Christie said he was happy Spicer apologized but said that "given all that experience, you should know better."

Christie also bashed United Airlines following an imbroglio with a passenger on an overbooked flight Sunday. Christie on Tuesday joined lawmakers in calling for airlines and regulators to end the practice.

The governor sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Tuesday asking that rules allowing airlines to overbook flights be suspended.

He called Sunday's incident aboard a plane in Chicago, a video of which went viral, "typical" of the attitude of United Airlines, which he said flies 70 percent of their flights in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport. He blamed the airline's attitude on the merger of Continental Airlines.

"When I buy a ticket and then I check in and I'm assigned a seat I expect that if I'm boarded onto the plane, I'm going to stay on the plane," he said on Fox News Channel. "To do what they did, everybody who flies knows that United is awful."

He said that United uses their domination of Newark flights to their advantage, which is why the airline overbooks flights.

"I could fill a book with all the complaints I have about United Airlines from constituents," the governor said in a separate appearance on CNN. "With United, the customer is always last."

United is the airline whose parent company had to pay federal regulators $2.4 million to settle charges related to the company providing Christie ally David Samson, the then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, special flights between Newark and South Carolina, where Samson has a second home.

Samson last year pleaded guilty to bribery and United paid $2.25 million to avoid prosecution. Last month he was sentenced to four years probation.

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