Christie Betting Steady Wins the Race as He Counts on Making Debate


Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 31, 2015.

Photographer: Steve Pope/Getty Images
  • Republican hopeful says he'll be on main stage in Minneapolis
  • New Jersey governor stays focused on winning New Hampshire

With less than 100 days until the New Hampshire primary, Chris Christie said he’s campaigning in the state to win it -- even as he remains in the middle of polls there.

“Win,” New Jersey’s Republican governor told reporters Tuesday when asked about his game-plan for the state, where the first primary of the 2016 presidential election will be held in February. “Just continue to campaign and build off the momentum we gained in the debate in Colorado.”

An NBC News-Wall Street Journal national poll released Monday showed him in a four-way tie for sixth place, with 3 percent approval, up from 1 percent last month. Christie said he believes he’s earned a spot on the big stage for the next debate Nov. 10 in Minneapolis.

Christie, 53, has just made the cutoffs for the three earlier debates.

“I’m three for three and I’m going to be four for four,” Christie said after voting in his hometown of Mendham. “And our performances continue to get better and better reviews, so when I tell you I don’t worry about it, I mean I don’t worry about it. I do what I can do.”

Christie has focused largely on New Hampshire since announcing his bid for president in June. His support there is 5 percent, up from 2 percent in September, as his favorability improves, according to Monmouth University polling.

Back home in New Jersey, residents are casting votes for a new Assembly, as all 80 members are up for re-election. Democrats control both houses of the state legislature.

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