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. Dmitry

    Trump calling Christi his friend, that's not really good for Christie 🙂

    January 21, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. KeyLimePie

    For once Trump is right about something.

    January 21, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Fred

    Is it my imagination, or are Trump and Boehner the same color?

    January 21, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. muffintop

    Whatever happened to the Donald's show The Apprentice? did it finally get cancelled? And so did he...YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!

    January 21, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Eric

    "I love the tea party and I love many of the things that the tea party represents," - Of course Trump does. The Tea party is full of old white Christian "temporarily embarrassed millionaire" males who think that "smaller government" means less food stamps and welfare for minorities, when in reality it's really about limiting the ability of government to regulate oligarchs like Trump so their power and wealth can grow without bounds. 95% of all new income generated in the last 5 years has flowed to the top 1%, and that suits plutocrats like Trump just fine. The tea party is full of useful idiots for him.

    January 21, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Donald DUMP, one of the low life's in the GOP and the worst the GOP has to offer,WANTS Christi to fail so this GOP trash can nomanate somebody like Cruz , the right wing teaparty Baffin that cost the country 24 billion of OUR money with their STUPID goverment shut down. It's only common sence, if the GOP is AGAINEST the healthcare law , I'm for it. Get out to vote in November , the GOP is hoping for a lite turnout, it's the only way they can keep the house, let's turn out and kick them out of power for good!!!!!!

    January 21, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. joesmith

    The Donald, in many ways, is like E.F. Hutton..you can't say that about, obama, reid, bonyuer,biden, or a host of other senators/congressman..people listen, because he says something meaningful, and with conviction..something this govn't has swept under the rug..

    January 21, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Because Trump had already done it.

    January 21, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Maria

    The pink lipstick and eye shadow is de rigueur!

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Jessica McGwin

    The offer still stands Trump? Smart people scare me.

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @randall – What say you?
    According to recent news.. 85 people control more of the worlds money (= WEALTH) than the rest of us combined. Yeah, totally the fault of the US Govt... NOT! Take a look at who runs, local, State and Federal Govt.. it's the lawyers silly! They make $$ coming in, and going out. Why do they care ???

    January 21, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. midwestmatt

    randall,, utter nonsense. I guess you need a place to rant since FOX shut down it's posting section. The CRA had NOTHING to do with the economic meltdown. You have zero idea what you're talking about.

    January 21, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. longhauler

    They should get the donald to run he can cut taxes for the super rich and cancel peoples social security and medicare as well as any republican. Plus New Jersey it turns out according to cnbc is in worse economic cond that any state in the usa. The donald doesnt have that baggage. I bet the donald can come up with a couple shell games to actually raise taxes on the poor

    January 21, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Mark

    Randall must be in Colorado smoking the herb! His rant is full of inaccuracies and falsehoods! First, the federal govt. only ENCOURAGED banks to be more accommodating to higher risk mortgages. There was no law forcing banks to lend and certainly no law forcing banks to lend to unqualified persons – this is the banks' own doing since they could quickly sell their bad loans to unsuspecting 3rd parties. THIS IS ONE OF THE CAUSES OF THE RECESSION! And funnier still is how RANDALL completely omits any references to George W. Bush's administration and his NAZI cronies who saw no wrong in the laws and certainly did nothing to stop or alter them.

    January 21, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Mark

    Trump is one strong windy day away from baldness

    January 21, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Mark

    Trump: one comb over away from the big "B" BALDNESS!!!!

    But the eyeshadow looks cool!

    January 21, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Danjarus1

    Does anyone see his eyes and lips?

    January 21, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. KellyinBoston

    Randall–Yeah, you published a bunch of nonsense.

    January 21, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. TeaboogerBasher

    President Obama gutted Donald Rump like a large mouth bass.

    The number of zeros on the end of Rump's bank balance, has absolutely NOTHING to do with the amount of integrity he possesses. That account is empty, and closed : )

    January 21, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Mike Trottier

    Someone should just B-tchslap him,......God!....You are obnoxious!

    January 21, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Matthew

    Donald needs to lay off the artificial tanning. His skin literally looks orange in that photo.

    January 21, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. KC Yankee

    He looks a little like Liberace. As I get older myself, I can understand hanging on to that dream of looking young. But it's just not possible. He still looks like an old man with makeup.

    January 21, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. patw2100

    Why do new organization get on their knees for this garbage?

    January 21, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Rick

    Trump: 3 bankruptcy's PAST disaster.

    January 21, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. marco

    the only thing worthwhile about Trump running for office is the millions he'll spend – pump some money into the economy. He shouldn't be in public office, has zero experience in public office and Shouldn't be in public office. if he were, he would only use the office to further his own agenda. he is a crazy person and that agenda would be – while fun to watch – bad for the public at large. if he runs, it means money gets spent – his money, and for nothing to come out of it as he'd never get elected. But if he wants to run and give people work and spend money on advertising, etc, then so be it. money into the economy. he could 1000% spend his money in better ways to better the lives of people – pay for roads or school computers,etc. but doing so in public office isn't the way.

    January 21, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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