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Chris Christie Says He Won't Comment On Donald Trump Anymore

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Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Friday he will no longer comment on Donald Trump.

"I don't answer it anymore," Christie said. "That's my position. I don't comment on his comments. It's just not worth the time."

Christie, who portrays himself as a blunt truth-teller, said he doesn't think Trump's own style was interfering with his.

"No, I don't think so. I think, listen," said Christie. "I'm happy to stand by my record and what I've done in New Jersey and how our particular brand of being blunt and direct and telling the truth actually works toward getting things done."

"And that's what really matters more than anything else, is that when you're governing can you actually get things done. So we've been blunt and direct, but we've also been able to get people in a room and get them to compromise and get things done with a Democratic legislature for the past six years. So, you know, I don't think it really much matters. I think at the end of the day, my record and my ability will be judged up or down on their own, not necessarily in comparison to anybody else's."

Here's the audio:

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Here's the transcript:

Gallagher: It's great having you on the program, how are you sir?

Chris Christie: I'm doing great today, Mike. Thanks for taking the time to have me on the program.

Gallagher: Oh it's my pleasure. My running joke with all of the candidates is "how much would you love it if we stop asking you about Donald Trump, huh?

Christie: [Chuckles] I don't answer it anymore. That's my position. I don't comment on his comments. It's just not worth the time.

Gallagher: So let me just put it this way then, without getting specific. You, of course, have a well-deserved reputation as a tough-talker. You're a tough guy. You're to the point. You're a straight shooter. It certainly is why you have such popularity in the state of New Jersey. Has that image sort of been derailed by all of the media focus on Trump's comments?

Christie: No, I don't think so. I think, listen. I'm happy to stand by my record and what I've done in New Jersey and how our particular brand of being blunt and direct and telling the truth actually works toward getting things done. And that's what really matters more than anything else, is that when you're governing can you actually get things done. So we've been blunt and direct, but we've also been able to get people in a room and get them to compromise and get things done with a Democratic legislature for the past six years. So, you know, I don't think it really much matters. I think at the end of the day, my record and my ability will be judged up or down on their own, not necessarily in comparison to anybody else's.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

Mark Arce is a politics research intern for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Mark Arce at Mark.Arce@buzzfeed.com.

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