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Chris Christie: Climate Change 'Is Not A Crisis'

"That's my feeling. I didn't say I was relying on any scientist."

GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie agrees that humans are contributing to climate change, but doesn't think that makes it an international crisis. 

When asked by Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday whether he believes climate change is occurring and man-made, the New Jersey governor replied, "The climate has been changing forever and it will always change and man will always contribute to it. It's not a crisis." 

The question came as the second day of the U.N. climate change conference was underway in Paris, where President Barack Obama has joined global leaders in urging the world to take the threat of climate change seriously. 

Scarborough pointed out that recent years have been uncharacteristically hot, shattering temperature records, but Christie was skeptical. 

"I don't buy that, Joe. ... I don't see any evidence that it's a crisis," Christie said. 

When asked what scientific data he was relying on for evidence, Christie pointed not to specific studies or charts but to his own intuition. 

"That's my feeling," he said. "I didn't say I was relying on any scientist."

GOP presidential candidates' stances on the issue range from some acknowledging the problem is man-made to others completely denying the phenomenon. None of the candidates have yet put forth a solid plan to reduce the country's carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.

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