LEBANON, N.H. – With the New Hampshire primary looming just around the corner, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is traveling through New Hampshire feverishly in order to bolster support ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
A silver campaign bus plastered with blue “Christie 2016” graphics rolled through the soggy streets of Lebanon Wednesday morning, before stopping at the Salt Hill Pub for a town hall discussion.
“Sorry for being a little late this morning, getting this bus moved around all these places is becoming a bit more complicated”, Christie said, receiving some laughter from the crowd.
The small restaurant held a few dozen voters who asked Christie questions ranging from healthcare to gun control.
Foreign policy was also discussed at length, as Christie chatted about the Islamic State, the American Military, and what it means to be Commander in Chief.
“We gotta stop [terrorists] before they hit, not after. After they hit we have two many Americans affected,” said Christie. “The first and most important job of the President of the United States is to protect the homeland.”
Currently sitting 6th in the New Hampshire polls, Christie feels the pressure to have a strong showing on primary day. Donald Trump has a 21-point lead over second place Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Slightly behind him are Cruz, Kasich and Jeb Bush.
Christie spent some time taking shots at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, saying that he is a “walking, living special interest group and lobbyist.”
Referring back to his work with Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi in order to make deals, Christie asserts that Trump is a flawed candidate.
“It’s one of the great ironies of the Trump campaign," he said.
After a poor performance in Iowa and the future looking unclear, Christie and other candidates are scrambling to get support for next week’s vote. The town meeting process is critical in the election cycle, and these meetings can make or break a campaign’s momentum.