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“He’s scared of me.”
— Chris Christie, quoted by Politico, on Donald Trump skipping the Republican presidential debate.
“If you had the guts you would show up to the debate and say it to my face.”
— Chris Christie, responding to Donald Trump calling him a “fat pig.”
“Come on. Guy is 78 years old. I’d kick his ass.”
— Chris Christie told Fox News that he’d make quick work of Donald Trump in a physical fight between the two. He added that he would “fight Donald Trump anywhere he wants in any arena he wants. Whether it’s on a debate stage, or in the octagon.”
“I think we see a pretty consistent pattern of him wishing he was a dictator, wishing he could be Putin in America. That’s what’s dark to me about it. That’s what he really wants. He wants to be a dictator.”
— Chris Christie, speaking to the Financial Times about Donald Trump.
“I’m not a paid assassin. When you’re waking up for your 45th morning at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, you better think you can win, because that walk from the bed to the shower, if you don’t think you can win, it’s hard.”
— Former Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by Politico, on the idea of running for president just to take out Donald Trump.
“… as a conservative, the job of government is … to stay out of the business of business. … I don’t think Ron DeSantis is a conservative. … Where are we headed here now that if you express disagreement in this country, the government is allowed to punish you? To me, that’s what I always thought liberals did.”
— Former New Jersey Governor and potential presidential candidate Chris Christie, in an interview with Semafor.
“He’s going to have to be mugshotted, fingerprinted and he’s going to face a criminal trial in Manhattan, and he’s not going to be able to avoid it. You can’t make that a good day under any circumstances.”
Former Gov. Chris Christie told ABC News the “bravado” displayed by Donald Trump after being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury is “baloney.”
“He’s done a good job as the governor of Florida. I don’t think anybody can argue with that, but that’s very different than running for president of the United States. None of us really know what he’ll be like on the national stage. If he decides to run, I’ll be interested to watch and compete with him.”
— Former Gov. Chris Christie (R) told The Dispatch that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) strong early polling numbers in a Republican presidential primary aren’t worth much.
“We have a former president of the United States who went on national television last night and said ‘I declassified the documents thinking about it.’ Imagine all I could have accomplished if I only knew that I didn’t actually have to do it. I just had to think about it – this is a credible candidate for 2024.” He added: “There is a sector of our party, which cannot find themselves genetically unable to not defend Donald Trump… This is a disaster. It’s bad for the country.”
— Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) “got lots of laughs at the expense of ex-President Donald Trump while lamenting the current state of national politics at an upstate business convention Thursday night,” the New York Post reports.
“You could very well see the president encouraging or creating primaries against senators that are up this year if they went and voted the other way I could definitely see him at least attempting to do that.”
— Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC News that President Trump might target Republican senators who vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.