Christie on Trump's debate boycott: 'How thin-skinned is he?'
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Chris ChristieChris ChristieChris Christie: Unvaccinated people don't want to be 'indoctrinated' by government Former lieutenant governor of New Jersey leaves GOP Half of states now restrict conversion therapy for LGBTQ kids MORE won't be missing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE during Fox News’s presidential debate on Thursday night.

“I’m glad he’s not coming,” the White House hopeful told hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Tony Cignoli on The Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting."


“I think Donald Trump is making a big mistake. It’s more time for the rest of us on the stage.

“Any time you get a podium and a microphone with 15 to 20 million people watching during an election campaign, you should do that. He’s not going to do that.”

Christie said Trump’s boycott of the debate reflects poorly on his ability to handle the pressure of the Oval Office.

“How thin-skinned is he?” the New Jersey governor asked. "How will criticism affect his ability to be the president?

“I think it makes people call into question his judgment.” 

“America wants a fighter who’s not going to walk away from a fight but will walk into one. When you’re a governor like I am, you realize that not everything’s going to be fair every day.”

Christie noted that, while Trump is riding high in the polls, things can change quickly in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday. 

“Anything can affect undecided voters,” Christie said. "That’s why they’re undecided. You don’t know what’s going to make their decision ultimately.”

Trump late Tuesday said he plans on remaining on the sidelines during the GOP’s seventh presidential debate. The business mogul instead plans on conducting an event fundraising for military veterans via the Wounded Warriors Project.

He says he's skipping the event over Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly's involvement. Trump has repeatedly accused the journalist of bias against him since their initial meeting in a debate last August.