New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that the GOP must follow his steps of accomplishing tangible things and winning minority voters in order to succeed.
“Getting 51 percent of the Hispanic vote, I’m very proud of that,” he said. “Because I’ve worked hard with the Hispanic community to let them see how our policies can help their families.”
Christie said that he “showed up” and worked with the Latino, African-American and senior communities, giving him very positive results.
“If you want to want to attract a majority of the Hispanic vote, if you want to nearly triple your African-American vote as a Republican, what you need to do is show up, you need to show up in those places,” he said.
Christie did not confirm talks of a 2016 presidential bid, and instead said he was working on tackling issues in his state.
“I’m going to continue to do my job and finish the job. But everybody who is trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now, I didn’t expect to be sitting here four years ago…. So, nobody can make those predictions,” he said on ABC’s This Week.
When asked about immigration, Christie said it was an issue that needed to be brought up and talked about in order to achieve consensus.
“I think nationally, they have to fix a broken system,” he said of immigration. “And I think this is one of the real frustrations that people across the country have on this and a myriad of other issues is they look at what governors do, like in New Jersey, where we confront problems, we debate them, we argue about them, then we get to a table, we come to an agreement, we fix them and we move on.”
Christie did not specify if he agreed with a path to citizenship. He said it was the job of “national leaders set a national immigration policy.”