New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has virtually dropped off the radar as a Republican presidential candidate, but he had some harsh words for President Obama on Oct. 12.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Christie, who is in trouble with his own constituents in the Garden State, sharply criticized Obama’s foreign policy. Christie called the president a “weakling” and said the U.S. should at least threaten to shoot down Russian planes that are currently fighting ISIS in Syria in aid of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which the U.S. does not support.
“My first phone call would be to Vladimir, and I’d say, ‘Listen, we’re enforcing this no-fly zone,'” Christie said, according to the New York Times. “And I mean we’re enforcing it against anyone, including you. So don’t try me. Don’t try me. Because I’ll do it.”
Despite his strong stance on Syria, Christie admitted he would be nervous if elections were held soon. Still, Christie said, he shouldn’t be counted out yet.
“We’re in October. We just are finishing week five of the NFL season,” he said, according to Politico. "We’ve got to go through the entire regular season, all of the playoffs except for the Super Bowl before Iowa votes, and we’ve got to go through the Super Bowl before New Hampshire votes. Are we really worried now about whether someone’s 3-2 or 2-3?
"You know, bet on talent. Bet on the people who have been tested."
“No one on that stage has been more tested than me,” Christie added.