Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) warned supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE that they shouldn't bet that he'll have a good debate performance, saying he was "average at best" during the Democratic primary.
Christie, an ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE's, also criticized Biden for largely avoiding press conferences since taking the nomination. Biden has held just just three press conferences in 165 days.
Chris Christie says “the real danger” for the Biden campaign is as he continues to do less and less … it is going to increase the importance of these debates tenfold” and Biden’s 2020 debate performances were “average at best.” https://t.co/P6iz1jjwYE pic.twitter.com/qnrCm8UlWu— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 13, 2020
"He's literally doing nothing. I understand why. It's working for him," Christie told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
"The real danger here for the Biden campaign now is, as he continues to do less and less and less ... it’s going to increase the importance of these debates tenfold,” Christie said. “If I were a Joe Biden supporter, I wouldn’t want to be putting all my money on the past line on Joe Biden’s debate performances.”
"Look at his debate performances in 2020," he said. "They were average at best, and some debates, much lower than average.”
“If I were a Biden supporter, the fact he’s not out there doing much right now wouldn’t make me feel really good about the fact that his performance is going to markedly change,” Christie later added.
The first debate between Trump and Biden will take place in Cleveland on Sept. 29, with "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE moderating.
The two will debate twice more after that, according to the current schedule, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.
Biden leads Trump in the RealClearPolitics index of polls in battleground states by an average of 3.7 points. The states include Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona, all states Trump won in 2016 against then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE.