January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
11 months ago

Trump: Christie 'one email away from a disaster'

(CNN) – Donald Trump says he's worried about his friend, Chris Christie.

"He's a friend of mine. He's a good friend of mine. He's a good guy, but you know, he's one email away from a disaster," said Trump, at an event Tuesday morning at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

"It's a very scary situation for Chris, and we'll see how he handles it," added Trump, the real estate mogul and reality TV star.

Trump's comments came just a few hours before the Republican Governor of New Jersey's second inauguration, a celebratory event that's now being overshadowed by clouds of controversy, as Christie's administration faces scandals over alleged strong-arming of political opponents.

Christie is also seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and national polls of Republicans conducted after the Governor's landslide re-election two months ago suggested that he was becoming the front-runner among the possible contenders for the GOP nomination. But Trump says the controversies may hurt such a bid.

"At a minimum it's going to be tougher for him (Christie) because of what's happened," Trump added.

Trump spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' famous "Politics and Eggs" series, which often attracts top politicians and possible presidential contenders.

Asked to handicap the possible 2016 field, Trump said he thinks the eventual GOP nominee is "going to be somebody that nobody is even thinking about," and said that even though Hillary Clinton, if she runs, will instantly become the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, "you just don't know what's going to happen."

The 67-year old Trump, who flirted with runs for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2000 and 2012 cycles, last year spoke to a number of Republican and conservative crowds, including addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and is considered a must attend cattle call for Republican presidential hopefuls.

But Tuesday, Trump did not address his own possible presidential ambitions regarding 2016.

He did praise the crowd in the Granite State, which traditionally holds the first primary in the road to the White House, saying "you're special people. This is a special state. You're very important for a lot of reasons."

And a couple of times he highlighted his conservative chops, criticizing Obamacare and President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, and emphasizing that "I'm a very conservative person."

But he offered some advice to tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, who have been blamed for nominating flawed candidates that were a contributing factor in the GOP loss of five Senate elections in the 2010 and 2012 cycles.

"I love the tea party and I love many of the things that the tea party represents," said Trump, before adding that "they have to be careful, however, cause we (Republicans) could have had two or three or four more senators right now if the tea party had been a little bit more lenient, a little bit more understanding."


Filed under: Chris Christie • Donald Trump
soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Yeah, Donald. One email away might hurt him. But having you endorse him will really hurt him. Remember who you endorsed last time?

    January 21, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. troppo1

    Trump is Christy's freind, bummer, now he's really sunk

    January 21, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Well, well, well if it isn't the combover Queen..... Where ya been Donnie boy? I haven't heard much from you since you claimed you had evidence damaging President Obama..... You know evidence that would have assured a Mittens Presidency.....

    January 21, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Let's hear the words almighty great birther: "You're Fired!!" The emails are already out there. Christie's Administration is toast. HoboGate is worst than BridgeGate. And now you've got Carl Lewis coming out about being intimidated directly from Christie.

    January 21, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Sniffit

    And judging by that photo and my handy-dandy Benjamin Moore color wheel, Trump appears to be one shade short of pumpkin.

    January 21, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. HoustonOilMan

    Nice make-up job, not.

    January 21, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    He needs a new stylist. That foundation he's wearing is the wrong color and makes him look like a cheap, used up dance hall girl. Shame on ANYONE for letting him go out in public looking like that!

    January 21, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Sniffit

    No wonder Derpy Donald is upset. If there's one thing he loves in a politician, it's a willingness to throw political weight around and engage in bribery and threats to help out a real estate developer.

    January 21, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    One email away is right. So many of the emails that have been released have been highly redacted. Many of the documents only show the text of conversations, leaving the sender and recipient names blacked out.

    January 21, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Donald, why don't you pour money as usual to buy the law, courts, votes, foreign-contracts etc. GOP is doomed in Gloomy with corruption, dishonesty, lack of ethics, no morality, no standards etc. Pathetic people lost the game.

    January 21, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Winning

    I see that the microwaved-skin-of-a-hotdog look is still going strong for Trump.

    January 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    One email away is right. So many of the emails that have been released have been highly redacted. Many of the documents only show the text of conversations, leaving the sender and recipient names blacked out.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is that legal in NJ? Here in Florida, official emails have a disclaimer attached that states that emails – including addresses – are public records. Granted, it's different for every state, so elected officials in NJ might not be subject to such stringent public records laws, but if they are.....

    January 21, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Anonymous

    "Trump appears to be one shade short of pumpkin"

    And what happened to the "blonde" hair do. Are my eyes deceiving me or is he turning brownish grayish.....
    or what?

    January 21, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That foundation he's wearing is the wrong color and makes him look like a cheap, used up dance hall girl. Shame on ANYONE for letting him go out in public looking like that!
    -------------------------------------------------
    WTH?!
    All that money and the man comes out in public looking like a freakin' jack-o-lantern!
    He's scaring the children!

    January 21, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Barry

    Trump should have those eyelids tanned - he looks like a pre-zombie.

    His wife should have told him he looks awful, although not as awful as Jerry Jones.

    January 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Tom

    Ah well. If Trump is injecting himself into this, then we know for a fact there is nothing to see here. Christie is saved.

    January 21, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Geo Bruno

    Well so far CC's staff were really sloppy about what they put in mails

    I don't expect that to change when the next be chunk of them are released

    January 21, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Thomas

    I love the tea party and I love many of the things that the tea party represents," said Trump

    Do John Boehner and Donald Trump both go to the KFC tanning Salon to get that extra crispy deep down look ?

    January 21, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Craig

    If anyone knows about being a disaster, it's the donald.

    January 21, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. kathy

    Sorry....now I forget what I was going to say....I'm still too stunned and dumbfounded after seeing that photo of this freak at the top of the story. He is looking more bizarre and frightening by the day.

    January 21, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Larry in Houston

    have to agree with the Donald on this one.....but to be perfectly honest, I have been hearing Ashley Banfield this am – and that guy that she was interviewing is saying things that aren't really true.....same as a lot of republicans are saying...."he's the 2016 contender" and "Front Runner" LOL –

    what the hell do they all mean, by saying Frontrunner ?? LOL – that's because they don't HAVE anybody else....Think about it, Romney was the "frontrunner" also...but the right wing didn't want him, and some of the right wing republicans ended up staying home, because they didn't like Romney......remember that ?

    Now let's go to Christy ( and Trump) Trump is backing Christy because there ain't nobody else to "back" How about C-PAC ?? How about the right wing of the republican party ? Do you think they are going to back him ? Hell, Christy wasn't even "invited" to any of their Functions, and they constantly snub him.....

    yeah right, he's their "front runner" allright...

    January 21, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Yes it's Not

    Don, chum, bro', ol' buddy ol' pal, saw you found a way to make it in the papers again, it's been a while. Good for you! I gotta run, but you look go... well, it was good seeing you anyway! Ciao... :-)

    January 21, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. lacoaster

    Why Donald's opinion matters? I don't care what this media clown says. Place him in a bag with Sara Palin and drop both of them in a monkey filled island in the middle of the ocean. This is a waste of information space.

    January 21, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. VEW2012

    Hasn't this man used up his 15 minutes? Does the orange comb-over, and that raving nitwit Palin need to comment on everything political; then the question is does CNN need to cover it every time they do? There must be nothing like getting the kiss-of-death to your political hopes from these two.

    January 21, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. carlin123

    Just an excuse for the rare orange faced Trump to insert himself into yet another story. Hey everybody remember me?

    January 21, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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