What They're Saying, Vol. 3: “Chris Christie Just Blew This Race Wide Open”

February 06, 2016

What They're Saying…

“Chris Christie Just Blew This Race Wide Open”

“Obvious Winner Of Debate Tonight Is Christie”
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CNN’s John Avlon: “Christie won the debate.  Kasich and Jeb also had strong nights.”

Joe Scarborough: “Christie having one of his strongest nights.”

  • “Chris Christie just blew this race wide open.”

NBC News’ Kelly O'Donnell: “With three words, "There it is" @ChrisChristie nailed the Rubio repetition by calling it out as it happened”

Mark Halperin: “My debate report card grades: Christie A-, Trump A-, Bush B+, Kasich B+, Cruz B, Carson C, Rubio D. Full report cards coming soon.”

Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter: “Obvious winner of debate tonight is Christie.”

The New York Times’ Alex Burns: “Christie may be the best example in 2016 of why personality & raw, unteachable talent matter in politics. Will. Not. Get. Knocked. Down.”

CNN’s Phil Mattingly: “Jeb!, Christie and Kasich all needed big nights. Jeb, Christie and Kasich all having big nights.”

Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “Chris Christie Knocks Marco Rubio Off Script in New Hampshire”

Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff: “The New Jersey governor hammers away at the Florida senator over the former’s inexperience and slickness.”

Yahoo News’ Jon Ward: “A strong night for Chris Christie, anchored by his mauling of Rubio.”

Huffington Post: “Chris Christie Is Over Marco Rubio's Same Old 25-Second Speech”

The New Republic’s Alex Shephard: “Chris Christie spent all week talking about how he was going to own Marco Rubio at tonight’s debate.”

  • “And that’s exactly what happened.”

CBS News’ David Begnaud: “Christie is on a roll, and Rubio is his target. The crowd claps, by my count, every time Christie calls out Rubio.”

Fmr. Congresswoman Mary Bono: “It was a @ChrisChristie night, then Kasich, Bush, Trump. Rubio had a rotten night.”

The Week’s Michael B Dougherty: “Reducing prison pop, treating addiction, and saying you are pro-life for those addicted. Best moment of a good night for Christie.”

NBC News’ Luke Russert: “Christie giving the Catholic "pro-life" in every sense talk. Not done enough on #GOP side. Appeals to more people.”

Steve Forbes: “#GOPDebate: Christie excellent answer on drug epidemic.”

Austin American-Statesman’s James Barragán: “Chris Christie continues a strong night with that answer”

CNN’s Eric Bradner: “Chris Christie's answer on drug addiction was moving. "I’m pro-life for when they get out and it’s a lot more complicated," he said.”

The New York Times’ Alan Rappeport: “Christie is turning the addiction question into a way to demonstrate that he is "pro-life" for vulnerable people of all walks of life.”

Fox News’ Tammy Bruce: “Christie shining tonight. Doing everything re needed to do. He'll get a ticket out of NH. I'm a Christie critic & am increasingly impressed”

Wall Street Journal’s Heather Haddon: “Mr. Christie looks right at the screen, making an emotional appeal about how his pro-life stance is from birth to the grave. It’s an appeal that went viral when Mr. Christie connected his mother’s lifelong smoking habit to drug abuse.”

RealClearPolitics’ Caitlin Huey-Burns: “Christie's pro-life for all of life message is compelling. Other GOPers would be wise to adopt it.”

Newt Gingrich: “Christie very effective in describing pro life as applying to people after they are born.”

  • “Christie makes good case for public health priority in stopping spread of disease like ebola and zika”
  • “Christie good on six years he had defunded planned parenthood”

Hugh Hewitt: "You bet I would" thank you @ChrisChristie and for defense of past action re Ebola”

WGN Radio’s Steve Cochran: “Christie with really good dad answer on women in the military…”

  • “The summary...Winner #1 tonight: Chris Christie. The Gov was aggressive and smooth while mostly bashing Rubio”

The New York Times’ Alan Rappeport: “Christie, calling himself a doer rather than a talker, explains that he has actually de-funded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey.”

Los Angeles Times’ Jimmy Orr: “Story of the night was Chris Christie beating down Marco Rubio - without question. Trump benefits.”

Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet: “Big night for @ChrisChristie at #GOPDebate”