According to a lengthy article based on a lengthy interview, Chris Christie thinks he would have won the presidency if Donald Trump had not run.
It is hard for me to believe that Chris Christie thinks he could have been President. But it must be true because the only alternative is that Christie believes that it is to his advantage to make such a claim even though it is not true. That would make even less sense.
Matt Arco reports for NJ Advance Media, “You’ll miss me, Jersey! And with that, Chris Christie’s just getting warmed up.”
He called the presidential race “incredibly exciting” and “at times very discouraging.”
“(The) stakes are exciting. The issues you’re talking about are exciting,” he said. “And ultimately frustrating at times because the reaction I would get from people and Mary Pat got this from going door to door, you know, they’d say, ‘Oh gosh, you’re Governor Christie’s wife? We love him. He’s so smart. He’s so direct, he’s so blunt. We love him. We’re voting for Trump. But we love your husband. He’s amazing.'”
Christie said he has no doubt he would have won if not for the blunt-talking Trump’s decision to run.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, ‘Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we’d win this thing,'” Christie said, reflecting on some internal polling from the campaign. “And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race I think we would have won.”
And when Trump said at a rally Christie knew about Bridgegate the governor said he called him and told him to cut it out: “You know that’s not true, so stop, OK? You want to say other stuff about me? Fine. But that’s out of bounds. Stop it.” Trump didn’t do it again, Christie said.
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