Chris Christie: 2014 stumping a ‘trial run’ for family
(CNN) — New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he was away from home a lot during the 2014 election cycle — including his final five days on the trail when he hit 19 states — and giving his family “a good trial run” for the future.
“It’s a good trial run for all of us to take a look at what it’s like to be out on the road that much,” Christie said during a radio segment on New Jersey 101.5 called “Ask the Governor.” “I mean, I was in 19 states in the last 5 days and not at home at all.”
Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, helped raise more than $100 million in the past year for GOP gubernatorial candidates, several of whom won governorships on Election Day in blue states.
During that his campaigning the 52-year-old governor, who has said he will announce next year whether he will run for president, kept in touch with his family.
Christie house rules prohibit cell phones until a certain age. “No one gets a cell phone until you’re 14,” he said.
Three of his four children have cell phones. They Facetimed, texted and talked.
Christie said he is energized by campaigning. He told the story of his son Andrew, a student at Princeton, falling asleep on the plane when he traveled with Christie for a week to campaign with him.
“What the hell are you doing?” Christie said, nudging his son to wake him up.
Taking his headphones out, Andrew turned to his father and said, “You are a machine. I am not,” and went back to sleep.
A caller on the radio show Thursday praised Christie for telling a heckler to “sit down and shut up,” after he stood up to protest Christie’s handling of Superstorm Sandy at an event just over a week ago.
Christie said public officials have an obligation to listen, “but you don’t have an obligation to be a heavy bag.”
“If people want to keep punching you then eventually you have to punch back,” he said.
The caller told Christie he should call Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“That would be an interesting conversation,” Christie said.