A New Jersey apeals court has ruled that someone who sends a text to someone they know is driving could be held partially liable if the driver causes an accident.

Governor Christie in our studios for the August edition of 'Ask the Governor.' (Photo by Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media)

Last night, on Townsquare Media's monthy "Ask the Governor" program, Gov. Chris Christie, who is also an attorney questioned the decision and called it silly.

"Yeah, I think that's kind of stupid," said Christie. "First of all you shouldn't text someone when you know they're driving, but then again, how do you know how long they're going to be in the car? Ultimately it's still the obligation of the driver."

The Governor, as the father of two children that are old enough to drive, says they know not to send or read a text while driving or talk on their phones because he preaches that to them.

"I still think the obligation is on the driver," said Christie. "You have the obligation to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and to pay attention to what you're doing. and I don't know why we can't hold the people who really have the responsibility responsible."

The Governor admits he hasn't read the case. He understands that may be some nuance about it that he's not aware of, but if it is what it seems to be, he says, "I think that's silly."

 

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