January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
6 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. Sniffit

    "Why does CNN even quote Trump? Anyone know?"

    He's pretty reliable click-bait. They know people will flock to the article to post jokes about Trump and make fun of what an attention-whore and all-around world-class d-bag he is. Site traffic keeps the advertisers happy.

    January 21, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. holspark

    Love the guy, but what color is he??

    January 21, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Never trust a man that looks like a carrot."

    Hey, what's in the GOPer water? First Boehner ... now Trump. Careful what you drink, GOPerville: it can't be healthy.

    January 21, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    @joe hero

    I"t'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."

    A. When has trump ever 'blasted' a republicant (including this article, which you obviously didn't read)?
    B. Who is everyone? Because I don't see many outside the republicant party who thinks trump is anything but a blowhard, moronic, RW tool.
    C. I believe the 'media' does not see trump as 'a genius', rather he is like palin... you keep the tape rolling because it is just a matter of time before they something outrageous, moronic, or just plain insane.

    I don't speak for every progressive on here, but you will be hard pressed to find one (I believe) who thinks trump is anything but a megalomaniac with a bad toupee', who's contribution to the political dialogue has been nil....

    January 21, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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....
    -------------------------------------------------
    Mr. Clean?!?
    I give up, what?! Lol!

    January 21, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Horace Silver

    Donald Trump–The World's Greatest Political Analyst.

    Right behind Dennis Rodman

    January 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. mike in NH

    Then I hope Trump doesn't send him an email msg!

    January 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. anonymous

    don't worry trumpy, democrats got diddly squat on the fat man! he is going to squash them like the little insects they are!

    January 21, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Jeff

    "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."

    Who is everyone that thinks Trump is a genius when bashing Republicans? Don't make things up to attempt to prove your point.

    January 21, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Jim

    If Chris Christie is the best canidate the Republicans can field in the next presidential elections then the Republicans will lose the White House once again for sure ! Chris is an over weight,loud mouth bulley and past history of rubbing shoulders with democratic views. The country cant take too much more of the great democratic give away. Obama with his Socialistic ideals certainly brought CHANGE and many American's ruin.

    January 21, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, the Donanld's "beauty secrets" are no longer secret. Obviously, he is wearing Maybelline's new shade of Sweet Potato!

    January 21, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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....
    -------------------------------------------------
    ...Wait, wait, Mr. Clean is bald...The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?!?
    I give up! Tell me already, what?!?
    LOL!

    January 21, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Mangomano

    Trump's skin is downright ORANGE – he looks like an Oompa Loompa. He seriously needs to lay off the spray tanning for awhile!

    January 21, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    It doesn't really matter, as Christie was a Dem, wearing a GOP label, anyway. He was never a true conservative, about government, nor a true defender of the Constitution, and Constitutional rights, against the subversiveness of the Democratic Party dictators.

    January 21, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. sly

    Trump is kidding, right?

    The Fat Christie is toast, cooked, take out a fork and stick him. He certainly will not run for President.

    The Confederate party learned a lesson from the felonous burglar Richard Nixon, and they will not put another crook in their nomination.

    January 21, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. T-Bone Steak

    Brilliant, stating what ANYONE with a brain already knows. Thanks Don, what would we do without you?

    January 21, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. ja

    let the chips fall where they may, chickens come home to roost

    January 21, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Mangomano

    Celebrity Apprentice has been postponed and it appears that he can't even get D-listers to participate anymore and is now moving to E-listers (if there is such a thing!).

    January 21, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Mangomano

    Oh wait – I get it! He has dyed his skin Orange because he is a Broncos fan!

    January 21, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Ace

    Does Trump get his hair at Morrie's Wigs?

    January 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Siestasis

    Run Trump Run, the country could use a good laugh.

    January 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    It doesn't really matter, as Christie was a Dem, wearing a GOP label, anyway. He was never a true conservative, about government, nor a true defender of the Constitution, and Constitutional rights, against the subversiveness of the Democratic Party dictators.
    ********************
    You are such a hypocrite. Less than a week ago you were standing firm with him, and now you have reverted to type on Christie.

    January 21, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Nick

    Cnn please stop posting Trump articles. You give a voice that he doesn't need, he is a business man NOT a politican.

    January 21, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. nightwriter

    CNN says "But Tuesday, Trump did not address his own possible presidential ambitions regarding 2016." Anyone paying attention knows exactly what Trump's going to do – he's going to say he's running and milk it for a bunch of free publicity that will be willing showered on him ... do news organizations really have to fall for this every time?

    January 21, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Melvin Myers

    What's going on with his face? It's distracting me from the article with this Garfield the Cat orange tone.

    January 21, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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