Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded to Russian president Vladimir Putin's endorsement of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by saying he wouldn't want Putin's endorsement.
"I am not looking for an endorsement from someone who can't vote," Christie said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show Friday. "I want endorsements from people who can vote. Vladimir Putin's not going to have a vote for President of the United States."
"I wouldn't want that endorsement, Brian, not for five seconds," Christie added.
Putin praised Trump on Wednesday in a press conference.
"He's a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It's not our job to judge his qualities, that's a job for American voters, but he's the absolute leader in the presidential race," Putin stated. "He says he wants to move on to a new, more substantial relationship, a deeper relationship with Russia; how can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome that."
Christie also took aim at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who questioned Christie's judgement to be commander-in-chief at Tuesday's Republican debate, citing the Bridge-gate scandal.
"I am running for the President of the United States, and I am not worried about the small stuff, and Rand Paul is the small stuff," Christie said.
The New Jersey governor added he didn't need to respond to every insult.
"That's what people want from a president," said Christie. "They want someone who is strong and tough, which I showed them I could be, but they also want someone who is not reacting loudly and crazy to every insult."
"When you are president of the United States, you are going to get insulted a lot and you can't react to every insult," he continued. "You have to have the resolve to know that what you are doing in your heart and mind is right and continue to move forward. I am not going to respond to every insult. If I did, I mean, geez Brain, I live in New Jersey, if I responded to every insult, all I would be doing is responding."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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