Christie pulls punches for fellow Republicans, saves ire for Clinton

November 11, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have gotten dinged to the “undercard” debate for the fourth Republican showing, but he came out swinging in the earlier event at main Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Where some onstage opponents took the opportunity to throw barb after barb at one another, Christie ran a “high road” offense, showering his Republican rivals with support and compliments. And taking every chance he could to take shots at Clinton.

“If you think that Mike Huckabee won’t be the kind of president who will cut back spending, or Chris Christie, or John Kasich, wait ‘til you see what Hillary Clinton will do to this country,” he warned the crowd at the Fox Business Network debate.

“She is the real adversary tonight.”

When Governor Bobby Jindal attacked Christie specifically on what he said was Christie’s poor economic record in New Jersey, Christie looked past the jabs and paid Jindal a compliment, all in the name of taking another swipe at Clinton.

“I have great respect for Bobby’s record in Louisiana. I think he’s been a wonderful governor… The differences between me and Bobby Jindal, we can talk about those and obviously Bobby wants to spend a lot of time tonight talking about that. I’ll tell you what I want to talk about. I want to talk about what’s going to happen to this country if we have another four years of Barack Obama’s policies.”

“It’ll be even worse because Hillary Clinton is running so far to the left to try to catch up to her socialist opponent Bernie Sanders, it’s hard to even see her anymore,” he said.

Christie’s standing in the polls has taken a tumble in past months, and tighter criteria in tonight’s debate knocked him from the main stage event. He currently hovers near the middle of the pack, roping in less than four percent in a Nov. 10 Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a forum for lower polling candidates held by Fox Business Network before the 2016 Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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