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Christie: I Can Pull Off NH Like Bill Clinton Did in 1992

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By    |   Monday, 08 February 2016 11:51 AM

The New Hampshire primary is "wide open," GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said Monday, comparing his performance in the state to Bill Clinton's 1992 comeback from single digits to win second place in the Granite State's race.

"No one knows what's going on in this race at all," the New Jersey governor told ABC's  "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos. "We sense real momentum on the ground for us. We're looking to run right through the tape on Tuesday."

Former President Clinton, Christie said, had been told before his primary that his race was running in the single digits and he would be finished once the votes were tallied.

"He came in second place and his campaign went on to win the nomination," said Christie. "So, let's remember a little history."

According to Real Clear Politics, Christie's numbers remain at just above 5 percent heading into the Tuesday primary election.

Christie also continued his attacks on rival candidate Marco Rubio, complaining on both the ABC program and to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that the Florida senator has a slim accomplishment record as a lawmaker.

"Marco gets told what to say and he repeats it and that's what he does," Christie told the MSNBC program, and it should not have been a surprise that Rubio repeated his talking points about President Barack Obama several times during Saturday night's debate.

"That's what he does," Christie said. "But here is the thing, that great political philosopher, Mike Tyson, he had a great saying, he said, 'everybody has got a plan until you get punched in the face.'"

And if anyone thought he was tough on Rubio Saturday night, "in New Jersey we call that a night off," said Christie.

He pointed out that he'd been complaining all week about Rubio being "scripted," but still he came on the stage and repeated his points, anyway.

"It wasn't like I came at him that hard or it wasn't a sucker punch," Christie said. "He is a very nice guy, he is a very talented guy. There is no question, I told anybody in terms of talent, deliver a speech, read a teleprompter he's good at it."

People in New Hampshire want someone who will defeat Clinton and clean up President Barack Obama's "mess," said Christie, and Rubio "is not ready to be the president."

And no matter what the results are Tuesday, Christie said, he's going on to South Carolina for its primary, as it is not inevitable that Trump, Rubio or Ted Cruz will win in New Hampshire.


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The New Hampshire primary is "wide open," GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said Monday, comparing his performance in the state to Bill Clinton's 1992 comeback from single digits to win second place in the Granite State's race.
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