Here’s what Christie told an audience in Pella, Iowa on Jan. 29, just before the Iowa caucuses:
“Listen, everybody. It’s been an entertaining campaign and I’ve been happy to be a part of it. It’s very entertaining, right? You think you’ve been entertained watching it on TV at home? Try getting on that stage. You can’t imagine how entertaining it is, right? We’ve had senators and former senators, governors and former governors, business people and a character, right?
“But I want to remind you all of something that you know in your heart already. It’s fine to be entertained. But showtime is over. It’s game time. It’s game time for this country. Show time is fun, we all like to go to the movies, we like to go to a show, we all like to laugh, we all like to have a good time. Who do you want representing this country to the rest of world?
“Who do you believe can get in there and really fix these problems? That’s what you’re doing. That’s game time. That’s game time.
“We’re not electing the entertainer-in-chief. We’re electing the commander-in-chief. The other other night, in the debate, when Mr. Trump was asked about the nuclear triad — go back. Go back on the Internet and watch his answer. Watch it. The single most solemn obligation you have as president is that you command the largest nuclear arsenal the world has ever known. Go back and watch his answer. And if you do, I’m confident in the decision that you’ll make.
“We need someone who is going to keep us safe and secure. Someone who will fight for us. But we also need someone who knows what they’re doing and what they’re talking about.”