New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Wednesday that he is happy that Donald Trump won’t participate in the Thursday debate hosted by Fox News, but that the real estate mogul’s boycott is ultimately a “mistake.”
“I think it just makes people call into question his judgment,” Christie said on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting.” “I got knocked down from the main debate stage to the undercard debate by Fox Business News. I thought it was unfair, but I didn’t whine. I didn’t complain.”
“America wants a fighter who’s not going to walk away from a fight, but will walk into one,” Christie added.
Trump announced on Tuesday that he will not attend the Thursday night Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News, citing concerns that moderator Megyn Kelly could treat him unfairly.
The governor said that Trump’s move could make voters wonder, “How thin-skinned is he that he can’t take any criticism, and how will that affect his ability to be the president?”
“I think that Donald Trump is making a big mistake,” Christie said. “I think any time you get a podium and a microphone and 15 to 20 million people watching in an election campaign, you should take it.”
But the governor said he’s “glad” Trump won’t attend the debate, as it will open up “more time for the rest of us on the stage.”
H/t The Hill