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Dinner with Donald Trump: ‘Exhausting’

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaks during a meet and greet with local residentsin Bettendorf, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaks during a meet and greet with local residentsin Bettendorf, Iowa. AP

Going to dinner with Donald Trump? Then brace yourself.

“You sit down, he starts talking, he keeps talking while he’s eating, he keeps talking when the check comes and he talks to you all the way to the car – and about himself,” Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, told an audience at Kirkwood Community College.

Christie said he and his wife, Mary Pat, have been friends with Trump for years. They last had dinner with him last year. Christie and Trump are now rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Christie said the Trump people see on the stump and on TV is the same one they’d see at dinner.

“We've socialized with him. Donald's a generous guy and a nice guy, and what you see on TV, by the way, is exactly what you get,” Christie said.

After they ate last year, “Mary Pat got in the car and she looked and me and said, ‘I’m exhausted. I can’t – he’s exhausting. It’s exhausting to listen to him,’” Christie recalled. The audience of about 60 erupted with laughter.

David Lightman: 202-383-6101, @lightmandavid

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