Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Friday that he can’t evaluate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) policies because the governor won’t agree to appear on his show.
“He won’t submit to an interview with me,” O’Reilly said on “CBS This Morning,” as quoted by Politico. “Christie will not. He just won’t do it. So I can’t tell you policy-wise how versed he is because I’ve never seen him under that spotlight. He’s going to have to get under it, whether it’s me or somebody else, but he has not come in.”
Christie is widely considered to harbor presidential ambitions. Despite not having interviewed him, O’Reilly speculated the New Jersey Republican could still survive the primary process in 2016.
“The Republican Party needs to win,” O’Reilly said, as quoted by Politico, “so, you know, sure there are going to be right-wing people who don’t vote for him, but I think if you are a Republican that you’re going to have to field somebody to beat Hillary Clinton, and certainly Chris Christie can give Hillary Clinton a run.”
Christie is slated to do a victory lap of several Sunday news programs after cruising to reelection this week. The New Jersey governor will guest on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face The Nation” and Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday.”