Feb 5, 2016 10:44 PM
NH1 News Political Director
DOVER – The snow didn’t stop Chris Christie.
On the day when GOP front runner Donald Trump cancelled his campaign event in New Hampshire, the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate told NH1 News “we’re here. No, a little snow doesn’t bother us. This is like nothing compared to what I had in New Jersey two weeks ago. We’re good.”
And minutes earlier, at a town hall at the Strafford Farms Restaurant in Dover, Christie thanked the crowd for coming out in the winter weather and touted that “we going to get back out into the snow in the bus and make our way all around New Hampshire today.”
Christie’s spent more time in the Granite State than any other White House contender. Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News, Christie said “I love this place. And the people here have been so incredibly kind and generous. The people who have supported me and the people who are considering me. And they take this process really seriously. I’m enjoying every minute of this. I’m running right through the tape on Tuesday night and I feel good about everything that’s happening.”
Even though Christie’s poll numbers are slipping, he remains very optimistic.
“The bottom line is this. We don’t know what is going to happen come this weekend. Everything that gets affected by Iowa after Tuesday and Wednesday, you know by Friday and Saturday people are on to the next thing. And New Hampshire folks definitely don’t like to follow Iowa. I’ve seen that over the years in the results. So we’re very optimistic about the way things are going to go on Tuesday night and I know the only way that’s going to happen is if I continue to work hard and put in a really good performance on Saturday night, which I will do,” Christie proclaimed.
Earlier, at the town hall, Christie took a shot at Trump and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
“Right now the top three people in our polls are two first term united states senators who never ran a thing in their life and a businessman who sits in a make-believe conference room in New York City and stares at the camera and fires people. It’s make believe everybody,” he said.
And Christie had a warning for New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary status.
“Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, spent the least amount of time here in New Hampshire. And right now if you believe these polls they are one two and three in the polls. Well you know, if you reward those folks who don’t show up here, then there’s no reason, there’s no reason for New Hampshire to be first. Those folks who didn’t spend time here and won without you, you think they’re going to keep you first? They’re going to go to a regional national primary. That’s what’s going to happen,” Christie said.
But Christie wasn’t done, taking one more shot at Rubio.
“I’ve loved every one of the 69 days I’ve spent in New Hampshire. Every one of them. I love the fact that I’ve done three times the number of events in New Hampshire than Sen. Rubio has done. I love the fact that my wife has spent double the days the number of days in the state than Sen. Rubio has spent,” Christie added.
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