NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood up to a WFAN host on Thursday when pressed why he continues to support presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Christie, who filled in for Boomer Esiason during the Boomer & Carton Show earlier in the morning, defended Trump, saying the real estate mogul “went out and won this thing fair and square.”
“The fact of the matter is that (Trump) beat probably one of the best, most talented, most experienced Republican fields we’ve had in my lifetime,” Christie said.
Under fire from mid-morning host Evan Roberts, Christie said another reason for sticking with Trump is he does not want to see Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton win the White House.
“Elections are choices. They are choices. They are not like what we wish it would be. I say it to people all the time, I was my first choice,” Christie said. “But then it came down, for me, and other people and you might have a different opinion … we’ll see what happens in November, but I couldn’t be with Hillary Clinton.
“I’m not sitting on the sidelines and allowing, my view, the Clintons to get back in the White House.”
The governor also chimed in on elected Republicans who complain about Trump or have pulled their support.
“Well, where the hell were you last year?” Christie asked. “All these guys — governors, senators — they all sat on the sidelines. I went and asked these people for their support and they said, ‘let’s see how it plays out.’ Now they don’t like how it played out and they say ‘well, what are we going to do?’ What are we going to do? Millions of people voted. It is still a democracy. And the fact is, the voters of our party and the voters of the Democratic Party have a right to pick who they want to pick.”
Christie went on to answer many more questions posed by Roberts, who pressed the governor on a variety of issues. The governor also explained how Trump can win the general election in November.
To hear the full interview, please click on the audio link above.