Christie: 'Meghan McCain Has No Standing To Be Criticizing Me'
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 9/26/2013, 10:09 a.m.
By CNN's CNN's Bryan Koenig
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's only response to Meghan McCain being "over" him is that he has no response.
In his monthly "Ask the Governor" session on the NJ101.5 radio station Wednesday night, Christie mostly fielded questions about the state's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. But the questions briefly turned to Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Tuesday, the younger McCain told CNN's Piers Morgan that she was "over" Christie's presumed 2016 candidacy. Current polls put Christie at the head of a crowded field of potential 2016 Republican contenders.
"I'm kind of done with Chris Christie right now," McCain said.
She referred to Christie's 2012 GOP convention speech that barely mentioned nominee Mitt Romney. "There's some level of self-promotion that you have to do, but I would like the next leader of the Republican Party, the next nominee to maybe be a little more interested in helping the country than just their platform."
For his part, Christie, who is currently running for reelection, was dismissive of McCain's comments.
"Are we really going to be responding to Meghan McCain?" Christie said, referring to the entire episode as "sophomoric."
Christie said that he would take a call or criticism from McCain's father. But Meghan McCain holds no office and doesn't live in New Jersey.
"Meghan McCain has no standing to be criticizing me," Christie said.
"I'm not going to respond to somebody just because of their last name."