New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie predicts presidential race will be “turned upside down” after first debate

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Sunday on Face the Nation that he thinks the presidential race will be “turned upside down” on Thursday morning after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama debate each other for the first time on Wednesday evening in the first 2012 general election debate.

Christie admitted Romney has had “a tough couple of weeks,” but said, ”the great news for Republicans” is that Romney is a wonderful debater and will do “extraordinarily well.” Christie said Romney’s biggest advantage Wednesday is that Americans will have the opportunity to see what he and Obama truly believe without the spin of the mainstream media.

“I think it is a whole different deal. What he’s going to be doing on Wednesday night is not going to be filtered by anybody,” Christie said. “It’s not going to be spun by anybody or filtered by anybody. The American people are gonna to get 90 minutes to look these two men right in their eye in the their living rooms and make a judgment about their visions for the future, their experience and their records and be able to say, ‘Who do we trust the most to be the President of the United States during these incredibly challenging times.”

The Republican Governor also addressed Romney’s now infamous 47 percent comment, saying he doesn’t think that comment has hurt Romney because that’s not what the majority of the American people care about.

“Here’s what I think the American people and voters are much smarter about than we give them credit for –  they know that political candidates at time, when they’re being taped every minute of the day are going to say things inartfully, ” Christie said, pointing out that the current President is the one who claimed during his presidential campaign four years ago that he’d been to all 57 states in America (There are only 50). Christie said it’s clear that the President simply “misspoke.” Similarly, he said that Romney just said something “inelegantly.”

“But here’s what I know he really believes. What he believes is that everybody in America should have skin in the game. Everybody in America has to be part of a shared sacrifice to create opportunity for greatness again – for our people, and our country,” Christie explained, promising Romney would “convey that message on Wednesday night clearly and directly to the American people.

“And I’m telling you, Bob, Thursday morning you’re all going to be scratching your heads and saying, ‘Wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days,’ Christie told the show’s host Bob Schieffer.

So confident in Romney’s win is Christie, that he declined to comment on whether or not he would consider running for President in 2016 if Romney loses this November.

“Mitt Romney’s gonna win, and so it’s a question that I don’t need to address,” he said. “I  hope in 2016 to be workin’ hard for Mitt Romney’s reelection as President of the United States.”

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