NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing defense for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Christie said Thursday evening he strongly believes Goodell should stay in his job despite mounting criticism over his handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Christie hailed Goodell as an outstanding and honest man with great integrity. The two worked together during the lead-up to the Super Bowl.
He said Goodell had admitted he made a mistake in the way he handled the case but that he should be judged on the totality of his work.
Christie made the comments during an appearance on New Jersey 101.5 FM's ''Ask the Governor'' call-in show on Thursday evening.
Some female lawmakers in the state have called on Goodell to resign.