Sen. Marco Rubio is praising Chris Christie as the New Jersey governor exits the presidential race — even though Christie damaged Rubio’s campaign in the last presidential debate.
“Well look, I like Chris Christie very much and I respect him and I don’t agree with him on some policy issues but that’s normal,” Rubio said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Rubio said Christie obviously attacked him at the end of his campaign because he thought doing so would help him succeed. He added that he didn’t take it personally — even calling the governor “talented” and “likable.”
“I think he has a future in public service, beyond what he’s doing now in New Jersey, I expect to be hearing from Chris Christie for many many years,” he said.
“But he really went after you … I wouldn’t like someone who attacked me like that,” Blitzer said, expressing amazement.
“He was trying to win, and he was being a competitor and I understand that, but it’s not going to change how I feel about him,” Rubio replied, pointing out that even Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama worked together in the same administration after a heated campaign.