Chris Christie wants to talk about the issues facing American voters — and that doesn't include making more comments about Donald Trump.
"We talked about this over and over again," the New Jersey governor told Fox News "Fox & Friends"
about his outspoken rival for the GOP nomination. "We should be talking about all the significant problems we have in this country, like entitlement reform. We should be talking about education reform and not continually talking about all this stuff. Enough. We've answered the question."
Christie, though, continued commenting on Trump, saying answering questions about Trump's campaign announcement and stance on immigration "would be the 15th time I've answered now," and "the comments were inappropriate."
But Christie said he likes Trump, has known him for 13 years, and considers him a friend.
"His comments were inappropriate," he said. "This was the 15th time I've said it. It will be the last time I say it. Really, nobody in the real world asks me about this. Nobody."
Still, Christie complained, "every time I get on a media show, all anybody wants to talk about is Donald Trump," even though in the real world, there are far more issues that people are worried about, including education, debt, and "the fact that we spend 71 percent of the budget on entitlement and debt."
Even when it comes to discussing immigration, Christie said, "it has nothing to do with immigration and how we deal with immigration." Instead, the media ask him about Trump's comments.
And what does Christie think about the immigration issue?
"We have to secure the border," he said. "We need to use human intelligence, electronic intelligence. We need to use e-verify. These folks are coming here to work. If we have employers in the United States following the law and saying we're not going to hire these folks, and there will be significant penalties for those who do, you would have a lot less immigration across the border."
Another issue is the nation's sanctuary cities, which have limitations on complying with federal immigration detainment orders. There are nine such locations in New Jersey, and Christie said Monday there is nothing that can be done if a city wants that designation.
"That's why we need an overall federal fix of the problem," he said, calling for illegal immigrants to be " arrested, dealt with and deported if they commit crime."
But more than immigration, Christie said voters in the early voting state of New Hampshire have been voicing concerns about terrorism and education.
"Every one of them talks about (the) high student debt that kids are coming out of school with, the way it's affecting their lives and their families' lives," Christie said.
Christie also discussed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's entry into the race, saying that he's a successful governor, and that he believes the next president does need to be a governor.
"He's a friend," said Christie, who noted that while he chaired the Republican Governors' national group, it put $9.5 million forward to help Walker be re-elected.
"Just because we're running against each other doesn't mean we won't be friends during and after," said Christie of Walker. "I have respect for him and I know he has respect for me."
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