Trump: Christie ‘Would Have Beaten Obama’ 4 Years Ago
LEMON: "You're a blunt talker, so is Chris Christie. He jumps into the race just yesterday. Is he a competition to you?"
TRUMP: "Well, he's a friend of mine. I like him very much and I was pushing him for years ago. I said, you know, Chris, this is your time, go do it, go, do it. And for whatever reason he didn't I think if he did it, he would have beaten Romney. And Romney did a poor job of running last time because I think that's the race that should have been won. But I think Chris Christie who, you know, is a good man. But I just don't think it's going to work this time. I think he's got a lot of problems. I think it's just not going to happen, Don. And I think four years ago, he would have beaten Romney and I think he would have beaten Obama. I think he would have beaten Obama, but this is a different age and it's a different time. There's been a lot of water over the dam."
LEMON: "Well, my colleague, Gloria Borger, just interviewed his wife and said, she believes that this, the bridge scandal is behind him. So, you say he has problems. What problems does Chris Christie have?"
TRUMP: "Well, I think the whole, you know, they love the talk and they love the bluntness and they love all of the things. And then he's been through such a hard time and I understand him. I mean, he's really suffered over the last couple of years. And I just think it's probably -- and I may be wrong. I mean, who knows what's going to happen? Who really knows? And if you would have told people three or four weeks ago, that Trump would be in the position he is. And, by the way, speaking of that, I've always said if I ever announce that people have ever felt because I walk down the street and everybody wants this business ability that I have and other abilities. They wanted to make the country great again. And, you know, if you would have -- and I've always said that if I announced, and if people felt that I was actually going to run, I would be at the top of the polls. And that sort of happened."