Christie: Putin Would Not Mess With Me Like He Does With Obama

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY, AUG. 30, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - This Aug. 14, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he speaks during a town hall meeting in Ocean City, N.J. One set of elections ends in ear... ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY, AUG. 30, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - This Aug. 14, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he speaks during a town hall meeting in Ocean City, N.J. One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a crowd of potential presidential candidates already jockeying for position from Nevada to New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) MORE LESS
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly assured a room of GOP activists recently that Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t dare treat him the way Putin treats President Obama.

The New York Times reported on the remarks on Monday, although it was unclear exactly when the meeting took place. The newspaper described it as “a few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea” and said Christie had been asked how he would deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine.

He had trouble selling his audience on a tough stance, the Times reported:

According to an audio recording of the event, he said Mr. Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same judgment,” Mr. Christie said. “Let’s leave it at that.”

One attendee described Mr. Christie’s answer as disturbingly heavy on swagger and light on substance. Another called it “uncomfortable to watch.”

The report of the incident came ahead of Christie’s trade mission to Mexico, seen as an opportunity to enhance his stature on foreign policy.

Christie has sounded off on international affairs more frequently in recent months, slamming both Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Obama, calling Paul’s “libertarian” foreign policy “dangerous,” and Obama’s Israel policy a “failure of his presidency.”

But the governor has faced his own criticism: In March he apologized to GOP donor Sheldon Adelson after calling the Palestinian Territories “occupied” during a speech at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering.

h/t The New Republic

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  1. “He would treat me with respect because I know some people. Bada Bing! Capiche?”

  2. “…disturbingly heavy on swagger and light on substance.”

    That about sums up Crispy Creme entirely. GWB redux New Joisy style.

  3. What a juvenile thing to say! Glad this idiot will never be president.

  4. Just remember tubby that Putin isn’t doing a damn thing to our current President. The right fails to understand that while many Americans have sympathy for the people in the Ukraine, we’re not personally affected and aren’t nearly as up in arms as the Neo Cons. As for how you would be treated, I suspect that Putin would greet you with laughter. A flabby, ingorant douche who thinks traveling to Mexico will sharpen his foreign policy bonifides? He’ll probably mistake you for an out of shap bouncer from one of Americas many strip clubs!

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