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Christie: Trump Tantrum Over Hewitt Questions Not Presidential

"And you know what? If someone doesn't know an answer to a question, they should just say, 'I don't know.'"

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Chris Christie took aim at Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump this week, saying Trump's taking offense at being asked questions about various Middle Eastern groups was un-presidential.

"The fact is that I don't think you get anywhere complaining about the questions you get asked in a presidential race," Christie told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade on his radio program this week. "You're looking to be president of the United States that means you gotta be ready to answer anything at anytime."

Trump did not seem to not know noteworthy terrorist groups and leaders in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt last week. In the days following the real estate mogul launched a tirade complaining Hewitt was a "third-rate radio announcer" who asked "gotcha" questions.

Christie added if the real estate mogul didn't know an answer to a question he should just say that adding if you want to participate in the presidential race you have to be ready for any question.

"And you know what? If someone doesn't know an answer to a question, they should just say, 'I don't know' — they shouldn't make it up," said the New Jersey governor.

"I've said plenty of times when I don't know something that I don't know and then I go back and find out and get smart about the issue. But no, I don't consider any of that gotcha stuff. If you're going to play at this level of public life then you got to be ready to answer whatever question anyone puts up in front of you."

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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