Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieCancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Ex-Christie aide cleared by Supreme Court in 'Bridgegate' scandal running for local office MORE (R-N.J.) said Thursday that the media is hoping the GOP presidential field tears itself apart.

“First of all, the moderators just didn’t do their jobs last night,” Christie said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" of the previous evening's 2016 primary debate.

“They were biased, their questions were biased,” Christie said. “They didn’t do their job controlling the debate, either. It became something of a free-for-all.

"They want us to kill each other."

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Christie’s remarks follow a heated contest in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday night, during which most of the GOP’s White House hopefuls fiercely battled CNBC moderators.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid On The Trail: Little GOP interest in post-election introspection Author: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff MORE said afterwards that the news network “should be ashamed” of its handling of the event.

Christie argued that “snarky” questions are business as usual for most Republicans.

“We’re not going to get a fair shake up on that stage,” he said. “We’re not going to get a fair shake from [Russian President] Vladimir Putin either.

“If you’re not tough enough to handle questions from moderators, you’re not tough enough to be president of the United States,” the New Jersey governor added.

Christie then charged that a strong GOP presidential nominee is essential for confronting the Democratic front-runner during next year’s general election.

“Who can prosecute the case against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE?” he asked. “She’s going to be tough, and she’s going to be a real headache for us next fall.

“It’s got to be the person who can take the hits and then hit back. Whoever it is is going to have to clean up an awful mess that they’re making in Washington, D.C., right now.”