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. Jered

    One thing I can agree with The Donald on is that Christie is on the edge, getting ready to circle the drain.

    That said, Trump should lay off of the tanning bed, especially at his age.

    January 21, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    "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."

    How can you tell?

    That nesting ground squirrel on his head, has it's tail coyly, curled and is covering where his "hairline" would be!

    January 21, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. the horror of it all....

    Donald, the "reality TV star".... enough said .....(BTW nice orange glow–looks like a commercial for napalm)....

    January 21, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Steve

    Trump, meanwhile, is one swift gust away from disaster.

    So long as the Tea Party controls the GOP, their chances of winning against Clinton are zilch.

    January 21, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. the horror of it all....

    The Don.. new cabinet post: Weapons Inspector... take the orange glow to Iran for nukes testing ... he'd fit right in with a silo... BTW very few people have cheated the system as effectively as Trump and his cronies in NYC and AC... then they bask in the sun...or the tanning booth... But give him credit: he's stolen so much dough he doesn't care what he looks like....

    January 21, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Ralph

    I know my post isn't political, really, it's just rude, but my god is that man ugly.

    Why does he have on the fake romney tan? Looks like a umpa-lumpa!

    January 21, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Patriot

    Come on Donald, we all know you want Christie on Celebrety Apprentice but not even that will save your sinking ratings.

    January 21, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Woody's Hay

    It's the great Trumpkin, Charlie Brown!

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

    Donald Trump should know all about it.

    January 21, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Juergen

    Trump......LOL. He's in the same bucket as the Kardashians. What a dipwad.

    January 21, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. ahab

    That describes all of us in this era of instant communication. But some of us have CNN who "awaiting moderation" on everything we post.

    January 21, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. fastball

    Why are we even listening to Donald-bloody-Trump?

    January 21, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. glorydays

    In America, the bigger bum you are, the more attention you get.

    January 21, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Perhaps you New Jersians prefer Corzine's days better!!!!

    January 21, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Eric

    I hate everyone

    January 21, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Brad

    Trump = more and more oompa-loompa every day

    January 21, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. timothy

    The Tea Birthers are the face of today's Republican Party and until somebody in the weakened GOP publicly denounces those loons, I will not consider them as options.

    January 21, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Bill

    Donald Trump is one outrageous comment from being a celebrity trainwreck. Nevermind, already there!

    January 21, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Nick

    I do wish this guy would choke on his combover. I am thoroughly sick and tired of his opportunistic BS and opinions. He's a third rate game show host and a fourth rate business "mogul" (Dja know how many companies he's driven into bankruptcy?)

    Why does the media continue to give him ANY airtime?

    January 21, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. miamianz

    please chris christie knew about traffic , he was boasting at a donor dinner to a kid that asked him what his favorite part of being a gov was and he responded getting to nyc by the gw bridge when ever he wanted how ever he wanted.. thru side roads against traffic etc. so for him to say he had no idea is beyond me considering that this was one of his job perks as he claimed.

    January 21, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. miamianz

    chris christie new about this .. he boasted at a donor lunch after a kid asked him what his favorite thing about being a mayor was . he responded crossing the GW bridge when ever he wanted via side roads or stopping traffic etc.. and how his luetenant gov said this will never get old . etc so for them to play coy and oh we dont know .. is B.S.

    January 21, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. TomGI

    I didn't read the article. Did Trump finally say something important?

    January 21, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Hooper

    And here's another republican clown heard from. Look at the botched makeup job, some soon to be out of work person did on this hideous excuse for a human being. GO AWAY.

    January 21, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Look to the left side of his head GOP.........not the most flattering picture of Trump I have ever seen though.

    I am not a fan of Trump so as to see him in an election but I do find it very sad most people can be so sarcastic. He is an established business man and whether you like his tactics or not fact is, there are few states that need more financial wizardry than NY and if anything that is where Trump seems to have his sights set at the moment. NY i in serious financial trouble and drowning deeper. Someone with some serious business savvy is needed regardless of political affiliation.

    January 21, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. chuckie

    I told my wife that Christie was probably safe unless he was being investigated for some other reason and his phone calls were being monitored. A few days later it came out that he was being investigated by the Feds for misuse of Sandy funds. That was how Blogojevich fell. For once I agree with the Donald; Christie is just one email, text message or phone call away from ruin. You have to wonder if he is sleeping well.

    January 21, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12