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Chris Christie's goal: Pummeling Marco Rubio, Jersey-style



Chris Christie can't stop talking about Marco Rubio.

In Concord on Wednesday, he accused Florida's senator of answering questions from as few voters and reporters as possible.

"By the way," the New Jersey governor said, "anybody notice it's the same speech he gave when he announced for the United States Senate, it's the same speech he gave when he nominated Mitt Romney for president of the United States, it's the same speech he gave when he announced for president, it's the same speech he gave in Iowa the other night? Every day is Groundhog Day with the Rubio campaign."

At a VFW hall in Epping on Tuesday he said Rubio was "flip-flopping all over the place" on immigration reform and legalizing undocumented immigrants: "I heard him two debates ago saying the reason he changed his mind was because of terrorism. Did terrorism not exist in 2013, when he sponsored that bill? Was there that moment in a time warp when it didn't exist? Stop insulting our intelligence!"

And in Bedford he coined a new name for the boyish, 44-year-old senator: "Boy in the bubble.

..."(Rubio) knows that his impediment to the next round is right in front of you. And the people of New Jersey learned a long time ago it's tough to go through me," Christie said.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:52pm]


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