Chris Christie Talks Donald Trump’s Crazy Successes, Threatens to “Go Nuclear” in Next Debate

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Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie opened up to Jimmy Fallon about being overshadowed by Donald Trump and ignored in the last GOP debate, and warned that it better not happen again. Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Ask him anything! (Anything!) Presidential hopeful Chris Christie opened up to Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Aug. 31, about being ignored and overshadowed by Donald Trump during the first Republican debate, and warned that it better not happen come Sept. 16.

"At the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," the Tonight Show host, 40, told the New Jersey Governor.

"Me too!" Christie, 52, replied with a chuckle. "There was one point I went 20 questions in a row without being asked a question, and that's hard. I'm standing up there next to Marco Rubio, and we're looking at each other going, 'Are we still here? Are we still on? Are our mics working?'"

Christie told Fallon that he wanted to be more respectful of his opponents and their airtime — but threatened that he wouldn't be so nice if ignored in the next GOP debate. "We may be changing tactics. If I get to like 15 questions in a row (count 'em at home!) if I get to 15 in a row [without being asked], you’re going to go, 'Uh oh, he’s going to go nuclear now.'"

During his late-night stop on Monday, the Garden State native also opened up to Fallon about his polarizing opponent Trump, and the real estate mogul's rapid ascent to success. "Oh no, I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie said, somewhat sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, spectacular, wonderful, amazing!"

Trump, 69, is currently leading the polls among Republican contenders, and Fallon noted that Christie would be the one "yelling and stuff" as opposed to his opponent.

"Life is a strange, strange ride, Jimmy. We’ll just keep riding it," the dad of four replied. "Fact is, it doesn't really matter… We’re five and a half months before anybody votes. It’s a long way away, and there’s a lot of work to do. That's what campaigns are about… I'm not worried about anyone, Donald or anyone. I gotta worry about me."

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Governor Chris Christie during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Watch a clip from his appearance above!


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