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Jan 25, 2016 6:15 PM

Steinhauser: Christie tells NH1 News 'I want to be the first governor' in NH primary

NH1 News Political Director

GREENLAND – Chris Christie says come February 9, he needs to top the other governors running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Speaking with NH1 News Monday morning, Christie said “I want to be the best governor in New Hampshire. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to accomplish. I want to be the first governor to finish here and that’s what we intend to do and that’s what we’re going to do on February 9.”

Asked if he needs at least a third or fourth place finish in the first-in-the-nation primary to keep marching on towards the White House, Christie responded “I don’t know what place. I don’t think that matters as much. There’s so many people that I think the number is less much important now than where you finish relative to the people who you are compared to. I want to be the number one governor and that’s what I intend to be.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are battling Christie and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas for the second and third spots in the New Hampshire primary. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore are also running for the nomination, but are considered the longest of longshots.

Christie spoke with NH1 News moments after greeting supporters and other customers at the Country View Restaurant, a popular breakfast and lunch spot along Route 33 in Greenland. This reporter’s two young daughters are big fans of the restaurant’s ‘Minnie Mouse pancakes’.

After greeting almost every customer, Christie spoke to the patrons, taking a few shots at the senators running for the Republican nomination – Cruz, Rubio, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.’

“Serving in the United States Senate is like going to school. Think about it for a second. First they tell you what time to show up. Then they tell you where to sit, then they tell you what question you’re going to be asked. Then they tell you when recess is, then they tell you when you go home. It’s just like being in school. I can tell you being governor, being an executive, that’s not the way it works,” Christie said.

Christie and Paul were involved in a fierce war of words last year, and in recent weeks Christie and Rubio have been trading verbal fisticuffs.


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