HAMPTON, NH – Governor Chris Christie used a Sunday town hall appearance to celebrate the onslaught he waged against Florida Senator Marco Rubio at Saturday’s Republican debate.
“I decided to engage last night, and how do you think it went?” said Governor Christie to receptive cheers. “This is not about me. This is not about Marco Rubio. This is about you. This is about the United States of America.”
While Governor Christie said he likes Rubio and thinks he is a “good man” he also said that electing him would be a repeat of the failures of the Obama administration.
“We cannot elect a first term senator,” Christie said. He said that electing first term senator like Obama likely would mean a loss against possible Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a general election.
“If you think Rubio had a bad night last night, wait until you see Hillary,” said Christie, citing his experience as U.S. Attorney as the primary reason he could best Clinton in a debate. He also said that his experience busting corruption could help expose Clinton’s ongoing email scandal.
“On a national stage, who do you think Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to see?” Christie said. “She has been running from federal prosecutors for six months.”
Christie also said that, unlike his opponents, he wouldn’t fail at answering a question. He mentioned that at the debate, when the topic of a millionaire’s tax came up, his opponents “sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher.” Christie said that such a tax would be a failure for the American economy, citing a failure when such a tax was enacted in NJ.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was also in Hampton to support Christie.
“Forty five percent of the people in this state have not made up their mind. I think a lot of them made up their minds last night,” Hogan said, lauding Christie’s debate performance. “We are not trying to elect an entertainer in chief. We are not trying to elect a president of the freshman class.”
Christie has spent more time in New Hampshire than any other candidate. Sunday marked his 71st day in the state. Despite that dedication, polls show him floundering. It seems that Christie is banking on his strong debate performance and continued personal time with possible voters to usurp Rubio’s spot as the establishment favorite. Recently, Governor Christie has taken to affixing a New Hampshire pin on the opposite lapel as the familiar Old Glory New Jersey.