January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
9 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.

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"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. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Trump is one flyaway hairpiece away from irrelevant.

    January 21, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Steve Allard

    The only potential GOP presidential candidate that might be able to win the presidency and he's going down in flames. I guess we will have another GOP clown parade to look forward to.

    January 21, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. sadlyperturbed

    How does Trump have any qualifications to speak at any Institute of Politics with the zero days and zero hours of political experience he has?

    January 21, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. I R Amazed

    Trump will always make noises about running for office.
    Right up until the very last second when he is required to turn over all of his financial records.
    Then he blows away like a single sheet of paper in a 100MPH wind.
    Then there's the added wrinkle. If he actually announces he's running for anything, bye bye TV show.

    January 21, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    even coulter & the rush thinks the great white hope is Just a RINO....IF he makes it, I'll be a monkey's uncle – I honestly don't know what's going through his mind....Anybody in their right mind would have changed to ANYTHING else, independent / Democrat / Libertarian / etc....when or IF you are constantly snubbed by your own party....I Guess he Just likes to "roll" with the "punches" ( No Pun Intended )

    January 21, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. teddiez001

    I would have liked to have been in that meeting when someone said, "...hey, let's invite Donald Trump!" Please tell me there are still people rolling around on the floor screaming and laughing....with tears in their eyes...pounding the floor with their fists....mumbling...."....invite Donald Trump?"

    January 21, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Name abie solis

    Trump, you are full of cava.

    January 21, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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