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."

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Santi

    Google, how many times has Donald Trump been married? How many times has Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy?

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

    Trump is one loan away from bankruptcy, oh yeah he did that already. He "Trump" thinks he could be President? Well maybe so, he sure juggles his own books of deeds. Oh well it doesn't matter the press has already picked Hillary. What different does it make? Now after November we get to hear all the lies about the war on women, racists, angry old white guys, and how we need more income equality. Guess what it is all talk and the Democrats have no idea how to fix any of that. OK ask one to tell you exactly how they are going to fix any of that. They don't have the answers either, but they sure do pack a lot of BS. Does not anyone see what is happening here? Christie was front runner and to Cor-innate the queen they got to report this bridge-gate, money-gate BS and never once in Hillary's life have they ever made her accountable for anything. Must be nice to be perfect, as they believed Barry was. Oh the times shall tell and they lies will keep coming and really "What difference does it make?"

    January 21, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Even his lips are the wrong color."

    Did you really expect the guy that wears that shade of foundation, to get his lip gloss color correct?

    January 21, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Independent_Joe

    The guy was born on 3rd base and is a shrewd promoter. He is known for his arrogance and putting down anyone who says he is a phony. Serious policy people and serious leaders do not embrace him. Remember the cringe worthy moment of the Romney's on same stage with him in Vegas. It was pretty funny.

    January 21, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Eric, just love your little cut and paste talking points. The Teabaggers are taking on republicans in Georgia because the Georgia GOP wants the taxpayers to pay for the new Braves stadium. Now how is that tied to minorities?

    January 21, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. georgesmith775

    Never say never....I never agree with Donald Trump except this time...He's right..Or should I say "correct"

    January 21, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. snowdogg

    And we should care about what THE DONALD says because...?

    January 21, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Maltytasker

    The TP is all about making the rich richer at the expense of the rest of the country. Of course Trump loves the Tea Party.

    January 21, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Funny thing is, that makeup goes well up into his hairline. He just spent lots of time in Florida, perhaps he needs to stay out of the sun more.

    In the meantime a new committee has been formed to investigate Christie. It consists of 8 Democrats and 4 Republicans. Nothing like partisan politics.

    Oh, and about the party toniht on Ellis Island.......cancelled and all the food is being donated to soup kitchens in Newark......

    January 21, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Matt

    He should talk! He is one stiff breeze away from being bald....

    January 21, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Lionel

    Is that pink lipstick he has on. Oh my, how is the Grand Old Poop going to deal with this cross-dresser.

    January 21, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Cascade

    Donald, stop smothering your face with orange paint.

    January 21, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Robert Constant

    Donald Trump and Christie are two peas in a pod. Both are morally and spiritually bankrupt. Trump has made millions on filing for bankruptcy. Christie was the lobbyist who made Bernie Maddof' s swindles possible. It is this kind of degeneracy which has captured the Republican Party.

    January 21, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. ChadTL

    Why is he relevant when it comes to politics? I know very little and care very little about politics and I am certain I he knows less. He is good at marketing and putting business deals together but it has little to do with governing people. They seem like the same thing but you can't fire everybody.

    January 21, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. dsangiovanni

    A LITTLE MORE 'IN HIDDING".. That's what you mean?.... Anyway they represent the same thing as you...Who are you going to mislead ?

    January 21, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. sly

    "I love the Confederate party and I love many of the things that the Confederate party represents,"

    Yes Donald, we know that. Now, old bufoon, time to join the 20th century, and once there, progress to the 21st century.

    We are a progressive nation now. New Jersey Mobsters like Crook Christie are from the early parts of the 20th century. Time to retire those dinosauers.

    January 21, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Bart Brown

    T. Rump is 50 years PAST disaster. Why does anyone take this lunatic - and ANYTHING he says - seriously? If he wants to make some meaningful difference in the world, he should shut his mouth, get rid of that ludicrous rug, donate ALL his money to charity, then take a swan dive off the Trump Tower.

    I hope I live long enough to see a world without Donald Trump.

    January 21, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. JT

    I'm no fan of Christie, and don't see why we're wasting so much time on someone who isn't getting the Republican nomination anyway. But, don't you think if that email was there, the liberals would of found it by now?

    January 21, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. proshooter

    Old expression, "better to keep you mouth shut and have people think you a fool, then to open it and remove all doubt", Mr.T. This "person" will do anything to see his face on any screen. Try donating to a worthy cause as many people do rather than be constantly miserable with your alleged money.

    January 21, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. 2L

    How has Trump's advice worked out so far??? Why do you people keep giving him a chance to spew his drivel???? Thought conservatives would have learned by now....he's a HACK!!!

    January 21, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Doris

    It's the great pumpkin!

    Oh wait, sorry, it's only Donald Trump..

    January 21, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. rosethornne

    Christie should definitely take advice from Thing-On-Its-Head Trump.

    January 21, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. mypitts2

    1. Trump is right.
    2. He looks terrible in that picture.

    January 21, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Evervigilant

    When that one email turns up then be worried. Until then it's all just pure speculation and intimidation.

    January 21, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Oneslydragon

    the right that is to the right of center will never support Christie because he can work with both sides, well so it seemed to date. Will see how it goes forward. He has proven his office needs to be vetted better if he is to hold the next level office. Trump and his clown corp should go crawl under their rocks

    January 21, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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