Chris Christie told local New Jersey media that he believes he’d be president if Donald Trump hadn’t entered the race.
The soon-to-be-former governor told NJ.com that he believes he was the front-runner for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, and that he would have handily beaten Hillary Clinton, if only he’d been allowed to run his campaign without having to worry about Donald Trump.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, ‘Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we’d win this thing,’” Christie said. “And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race, I think we would have won.”
Christie also said that he doesn’t believe his twin scandals, Bridgegate and Beachgate, had a marked effect on how he was perceived by the national public, even if they did impact his reputation in New Jersey. Instead, he says, Bridgegate, which saw the governor accused of closing down a major thoroughfare between New Jersey and Manhattan as punishment against a Democratic rival, “deprived me of the benefit of the doubt,” and that people recognized the charges were “grossly unfair.”
Overall, he says he’s been a “B+” governor, and that he would have made an exceptional president.
Sadly, though, Christie is now perhaps most famous for his sad role in the Trump presidential campaign, as the man who picked up Trump’s McDonalds order and served as Trump’s punching bag, taking knocks for all “Establishment Republicans.”
As a reward for his service, Christie became the head of Trump’s transition team, and will likely join the administration after he leaves office, but he won’t regain the dignity he lost when Trump directed him to “get on the plane and go home” after a rally in Tennessee.