There is only one person ultimately responsible for Donald Trump's campaign, and that is Trump himself, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who became one of the GOP presidential nominee's key surrogates after dropping his own race for the White House earlier this year.
"Listen, it's, for me, the person who needs most to be concerned about the kind of campaign they're running is the candidate," Christie told NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell, after she asked him in a street interview Monday if he was proud of Trump's campaign.
"It's the candidate's campaign," he said in the brief interview. "It's not my campaign. It's not Jeff Sessions' campaign. It's not Rudy Giuliani's campaign. We're surrogates."
Christie, though, said he is proud of the things he himself has said, because "that's all I can control. The rest of it I can't control."
The governor also told O'Donnell that Trump has assured him privately – with the same words he has said publicly about women who have accused him of making unwanted sexual advances toward them – "these are lies and fabrications."
A number of the allegations have already been discredited, said Christie, and "we'll see what happens with the others. I can only take him at his word, and I am."
At the same time, the controversy is keeping the "important things in this election" from being discussed, Christie insisted.
The New Jersey governor is facing legal issues of his own, after a New Jersey judge last week ruled a citizen's complaint over official misconduct by Christie in connection with the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal can move forward, raising a possibility Christie could eventually be indicted.
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