Earlier this week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) sat down with Bloomberg Politics journalist John Heilemann to discuss the state of the Presidential race and where Christie thought he stood at this point in the race. One of the more interesting points in the conversation came when Christie addressed the ever present issue of Donald Trump. Christie also covered why he thinks he’s the best candidate for the nomination, his thoughts on national security and who’s better Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen.
John Heilemann: You were asked by a voter yesterday about Trump, and I know you generally don’t like to talk about Trump much.
Chris Christie: Well, if a voter asks, I’ll answer.
John Heilemann: You said to the voter that he hurts the credibility of the party.
Chris Christie: That is not what I said, that is the way it was reported. What I said was that when he says things like, “we don’t need to do any Social Security reform at all, I’m going to make everybody so rich they won’t have to worry.”
My view on it, knowing Donald, he is smarter than that. He could come up with a plan to deal with it, or immigration. That’s why I have said about Donald, he is going to be as serious a candidate as he wants to be.
So he hurts the credibility of his potential presidency by saying stuff like that. I don’t think he has any effect on the party, I don’t think any of us have an effect on the party at all, unless and until one of us is the nominee.