January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
10 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. joe hero

    It's great how everyone in the media thinks Trump is a "genius" when he's bashing a Republican, but when he makes a comment about a liberal progressive, well he's just insane.

    January 21, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Bertha

    Who listens to Trump? No one I know.

    January 21, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. spudnik56

    Trump...Americas clown...

    January 21, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. yogi

    Donald, that pink stuff you stole from your wife is lipstick, not eye shadow!

    January 21, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Donald Trump–The World's Greatest Political Analyst.

    January 21, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer wrote:

    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.....
    --------------------
    Good question. Something that has not been commented about in the media is that the most damning documents have been from people's private email accounts, and I would also assume their personal phone records. RIGHT. It seems that government business has been conducted outside of official government channels.

    The Donald is right. If Christie's name appears in any of these private emails, in most any context, he's in freefall.

    January 21, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    His stylist should tell him to ditch the goggles when having the heavy pancake foundation applied.

    Of course, the goggles may be required, due to hazardous use of the spackling trowel!

    January 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. shocking

    Trump has friends?

    January 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. GODZILLA1

    I regard anything Trump says and considerably more intelligent than anything Louie Gohmert says, but then, again, a toad is more intelligent than Louie.

    January 21, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    dye his hair and eyebrows white. Put a white set of overalls on him with some mittens and what do you have.....?

    January 21, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. browerpowr

    Never trust a man that looks like a carrot.

    January 21, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. notlistening

    Does anyone even care what Trump says? How about I send one email and get rid of him??

    January 21, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. LeRoy_Was_Here

    Still waiting for your tax returns, Donald. Remember? You PROMISED to release them once President Obama had made his long-form birth certificate available. Mr. Obama had to specifically request the state of Hawaii to do that, since it is not normally done, but they did it. A few years ago now.

    So, Donald: WHERE are your tax returns? Or do your promises mean nothing? [That's what I'm guessing.]

    January 21, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    This Trump chump, makes Boy George look positively, main stream!

    January 21, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. robert

    Everone The Donald knows or has ever met is " A good friend of mine".

    January 21, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. JustASec

    Trump got this one correct!

    January 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Andrew

    Well that blows it for Christie's chances now that we found out he and Trump are friends.

    January 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Brian Hartman

    Why does CNN even quote Trump? Anyone know?

    January 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    When has he ever bashed a republican Joe? He's not bashing Christy now, he's just stating a fact. I guarantee you won't have that problem at the Fox site though. They'll tell you just what you want to hear.

    January 21, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Mitch

    Is that a spray tan?

    January 21, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Cindy

    Why not wait until investigations are completed? What happened to presumed innocent? I am sure there is a paper/electronic trail of monies paid to Hoboken. Zimmer contradicts herself too much. I give her no credibility. As far as the GWB scandal goes, where is Bridget. If she was innocent and acting on orders she would be ready willing and able to present proof of such in order to save her own butt, after all, she is the mother of four kids who need to depend on their mom and she needs another good paying job so she needs to clear her name.

    January 21, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Howard's Daddy

    Trump would know about these things. He is always a breeze away from a hair disaster.

    January 21, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Minnie Mouse

    He's innocent until proven guilty. He's doing good holding things together and doesn't look like he's got anything to hide.

    January 21, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Gladiatior

    Donald is starting to look a lot like Pelosi these days...uncanny!

    January 21, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

    joe hero
    It's great how everyone in the media thinks Trump is a "genius" when he's bashing a Republican, but when he makes a comment about a liberal progressive, well he's just insane.

    Even a blind squire finds a nut once in awhile. I don’t see anyone calling Trump a genius, he is just speaking common sense. I’ll grant you it’s a rare thing. Stop being such a self made victim and take some personal responsibility for your life.

    _Independent.

    January 21, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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