January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
4 years 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. Ivan

    The US Right is now so far to the extreme that Trump is the voice of moderation.

    January 21, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. dotheflippin'math

    OMG! Did DaDonald just diss the Tea Party? He was unusually subtle about it. I wonder if any of them caught that he just insulted them for being extremists? Nahhh! All they heard was, "Donald loves us!" He's just like a mommy Cichlid. They also eat their young. Trump just loves to take people down, whether they deserve it, or not. It helps keep his ego fully inflated. He has already spotted the easy prey. Christie is going to go down like a Whopper! (It will taste good, but leave the TP'ers feeling a bit queasy).

    January 21, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. cleareye1

    Donald of Orange knows a thing or two about disasters.

    January 21, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. obotma

    when are the american people going to come up with a new system of government that does not include politicians!!

    January 21, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. bryan

    i can't take any of this coifed oompa-loompa's comments seriously.

    January 21, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Gilmore

    Neither the Bush's nor the Clinton's want Chris Christie to be the Republican nominee in 2016, and, predictably, he is being destroyed. Jeb will be the Republican nominee. And a Clinton will be the Dem. nominee. Welcome to the two party dictatorship. OBEY AND BE HAPPY.

    January 21, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. cleareye1

    Donald of Orange specializes in disasters. Pay attention.

    January 21, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. barbarabarham

    I put this man in the same category as the Kardashians-not worth listening to and painful to look at.

    January 21, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. cleareye1

    Trump is a second rate side-show barker. Any self-respecting snake oil salesman would have nothing to do with him.

    January 21, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. jhavaughndrah_khaadijah_wilson

    Does it look like Donald is wearing eye and lip makeup??

    January 21, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. barbarabarham

    I put this man in the same category as the Kardashian clan. Not worth listening to and painful to look at.

    January 21, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. marcia

    He is a very strange shade of orange. Resembling an OompaLoompa

    January 21, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Jack

    After 6 Bankruptcies; you should have been in jail long time ago! You Mr. Trump are a disaster!

    January 21, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. The Catskinner

    It ain't over til the fat man sings.

    January 21, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. dcase20

    Oompa loompa anyone?

    January 21, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Kevin Quail

    Trump should always consult his hair before speaking.

    January 21, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Loathstheright

    "It's a very scary situation for Chris, and we'll see how he handles it," added Trump
    Translation: Chris is guilty, I hope he doesn't get caught.

    January 21, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. prof Joe

    why is so orange and white eyed and white lipped? isn't all the $ enough....need to be so vain to spray yourself orange?

    January 21, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Carla

    Hey Donald, orange ya glad............... Eh, that's all I got.............

    January 21, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Steven Gold

    A lperson that squints and frowns like that picture, it makes them look so smart. Sort of like George W. Bush did.

    January 21, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Penny Wright

    Christie is toast.

    January 21, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. zelskid

    Saw the episode on Trumps private jet the other day on Smithsonian Channel. The man is so self indulgent, he can't possibly understand what it takes to win.

    January 21, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. CNP

    Why is Donald Trump "news"?

    January 21, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. John Lubeck

    I sort of thought Christie might be ok, that is until I heard he was a friend of Donald Trump. What more damning thing could there be?

    January 21, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. christopher.three@gmail.com

    I am happy his big liberal rear is trouble, because I want a conservative presidential candidate.

    January 21, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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