Chris Christie: 'If I Run…'; Explains Why Trump Opponent Has to Be 'Fearless'

( – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former Donald Trump supporter, may be setting himself up as an alternative to Trump’s presidential re-run.

Speaking at a town hall at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire on Monday, Christie said whoever takes on Trump must be “fearless” and skillful on the debate stage:

“You better have somebody on that stage who can do to him what I did to Marco [Rubio], because that’s the only thing that’s gonna defeat Donald Trump,” Christie said, recalling the 2016 primary debate where he called out Rubio’s “inexperience,” as indicated by Rubio’s “memorized 25-second” speeches.

“And that means you gotta have the skill to do it, and that means you have to be fearless, because he (Trump) will come at you, and right at you,” Christie continued.

“So you need to think about who’s got the skill to do that and who’s got the guts to do it. Because it’s not going to end nicely, no matter what. His end will not be a calm and quiet conclusion.”


Christie noted that he did over 100 town hall events in New Hampshire when he ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, “and I loved all of them.”

“And so, if I run again, I can imagine that I would continue to do it the same way…But this time, if I run, I would just hope you’d come to a better conclusion than the last time.”

Christie dropped out of the presidential primary in February 2016 after his sixth-place finish in New Hampshire’s primary. The New Hampshire frontrunners that year were Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Christie told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade last week, “I’m definitely thinking about running, probably make a decision in the next 60 days on what to do or not to do.”


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