Plenty of outgoing elected officials say things on their way out that seem ridiculous, arrogant, or even delusional. And then you have that guy from New Jersey. Soon to be former Governor Chris Christie told his state’s official website on Sunday that he thinks he would be president right now if Donald Trump had never entered the race.
That’s just the most hilarious of the things that Governor Bridgegate said in his exit interview with NJ.com’s Matt Arco.
But a very close second has to be his parting remarks about the voters and citizens of the state he’s been the executive of for 8 years:
They’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”
After weathering countless late-night jokes during his two terms (among my favorites, a Conan O’Brien dig: “Chris Christie had weight reduction surgery. As a result, I’ll be going into surgery for monologue joke reduction.”), Christie surely had plenty he wanted to say to Arco from his couch in the governor’s mansion in Princeton.
But the quote that will undoubtedly echo in the ears of our insanely jealous Commander-in-Chief is one that Christie said almost as an afterthought. From the interview:
It’s incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, ‘Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we’d win this thing,'” Christie said, reflecting on some internal polling from the campaign. “And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race I think we would have won.”
Christie, of course, believes he was the most “consequential” governor the state has ever had, blames his bad poll numbers on the media, and gives himself a final grade of B+ “with some A moments.” The onetime candidate that Donald Trump unironically calls “Big Boy” – though I’m still uncertain if that refers to his weight or his resemblance to the restaurant mascot – can finally retire like every other Republican: Fully convinced of how well he did, but somehow unable to convince anyone else.
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