Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey spoke to conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on April 14 to discuss the outspoken New Jersey governor’s chances of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 and whether or not he could defeat the Democrats' likely nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Asked bluntly if he would defeat Clinton in the general election, Christie simply stated, “If I run, I will beat her.” To prove his case, Christie listed a number of statistics of his own electoral record.
“I was reelected in that state (New Jersey) less than a year and a half ago with 61 percent of the vote, 51 percent of the Hispanic vote, 22% percent of the African-American vote and 56 percent of the female vote. Those are the type of numbers we’re going to have to run up across the country to be able to have the type of sweeping victory you want to have to maintain a Republican House and Senate, and have a Republican president,” Christie said.
Christie also hinted at an electoral vote strategy he would use to defeat Clinton, campaigning in swing states such as Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Colorado, states that were won by President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, CBS News reported.
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Earlier this week, the governor spoke about Social Security reform in a speech in New Hampshire, where he proposed a raise in the retirement age and cuts to entitlement programs. Under Christie’s plan, the retirement age would go from 67 to 69 years old. He would not implement the changes to current Social Security retirees, but added that reform is needed to maintain the program, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“Every other national priority will be sacrificed, our economic growth will grind to a complete halt and our national security will be put at even graver risk,” Christie warned during his speech.
While Christie’s political actions look and sound like a presidential bid, the New Jersey governor has yet to declare his candidacy.
If Christie does choose to run for the White House, he will face a difficult battle. In the most recent poll conducted by Monmouth University and released April 6, Christie was tied for eighth place in a poll of which Republican candidate would have the most support from Republican voters, New York Daily News reported.
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