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Christie on Next Debate: I Might 'Go Nuclear'

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took several shots at Donald Trump on Monday's "Tonight Show," as he made fun of the GOP front-runner's liberal use of superlatives in campaign speeches.

Asked about Trump's huge lead in the Republican presidential polls, Christie told host Jimmy Fallon:

"I completely expected that, didn't you? Everything he does is fabulous. Spectacular. Wonderful. Amazing. It's huge. It's the best."

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In a Monmouth University Poll of Iowa Republican voters released Monday, the billionaire developer tied with Dr. Ben Carson with 23 percent of the vote. Christie garnered about 1 percent.

Christie admitted that he still has "a lot of work to do," and added that the election is still 14 months away.

"Life is a strange, strange ride, Jimmy, and we'll just keep riding it," Christie told Fallon.
"You just got to get used to the way that campaigns go back and forth and move around."

The Garden State leader also recalled a boat ride he recently took with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who took 4 percent of the vote in the latest Monmouth poll.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,'" Christie said.

To which Fallon, taking a jab at Christie's considerable girth, quipped, "First you all, you weren't like, 'All right.' You were like, [shouting] 'Yes!'"

In mock fury, Christie leaped to his feet and stormed off the stage. He then returned and sat down again.

"If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me," Christie joked.

Christie also described how it was tough to get a word in during the first GOP debate last month.

"But Chris Christie, don't you go, 'Hey! Hey! And you jump in there and start yelling at people," Fallon asked.

"Who do you think I am, Morton Downey Jr.?" Christie responded, referring to the late talk-show wild man known for screaming down guests.

But Christie added that during the next debate on Sept. 16th, he may be more vocal.

"I may be changing tactics … If I get to like 15 questions in a row -- count them at home -- if I go 15 in a row, they’re going to go ‘Uh oh. He’s going to go nuclear now,'"

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