.>>Martha: ANOTHER WEEKEND AND TWO MORE DEMOCRATS HAVE ENTERED THE RACE, AMY KLOBUCHAR AND ELIZABETH WARREN. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH AN ALREADY PRETTY CROWDED FIELD AND GETTING BIGGER BY THE MINUTE, BUT IT HASN’T STOPPED THEM FROM COMING OUT SWINGING. WATCH.>>OUR NATION MUST BE GOVERNED NOT FROM CHAOS, BUT FROM OPPORTUNITY. NOT BY WALLOWING OVER WHAT’S WRONG, BUT BY MARCHING TOWARD WHAT’S RIGHT.>>HERE’S WHAT BOTHERS ME. BY THE TIME WE GET TO 2020, DONALD TRUMP MAY NOT EVEN BE PRESIDENT. IN FACT, HE MAY NOT EVEN BE A FREE PERSON.>>Martha: FORMER NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, AUTHOR OF “LET ME FINISH: TRUMP, THE KUSHNERS, BANNER, NEW JERSEY, AND THE POWER OF IN YOUR FACE POLITICS,” GOVERNOR GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>THANKS, MARTHA.>>Martha: I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT 2020. PUT UP THE PICTURES OF THE EARLY ROUND OF THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES. WE WERE MODERATING DEBATES OUT IN IOWA. HOW TOUGH IS IT FOR ANYBODY IN THAT CROWDED FIELD TO STAND OUT?>>IT’S INCREDIBLY HARD. EVEN WHEN YOU GET RAIDED AS WE DID REALLY WELL IN THE DEBATES. TEN, 11 PEOPLE ON THE STAGE, IT DIDN’T MATTER. IT WAS VERY HARD TO GET ANY KIND OF COVERAGE. ESPECIALLY WITH DONALD TRUMP IN THE RACE, THAT MADE IT EVEN HARDER THAN JUST THE NUMBERS BECAUSE OF HIS NOTORIETY FROM ALL THE YEARS ON TELEVISION WITH “THE APPRENTICE”.>>Martha: YOU SAID YOU ALWAYS KNEW HE WAS GOING TO WIN. AS SOON AS YOU BACKED OUT, YOU BACKED HIM THE NEXT DAY.>>I TOOK A LOT OF ABUSE FOR IT. WHAT I SAID WAS, HE’S GOING TO WIN THE NOMINATION. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE HILLARY CLINTON DOESN’T BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WASN’T GOING TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES. TOO MANY PEOPLE SAT ON THE SIDELINES DURING THE PRIMARIES AND DIDN’T SUPPORT PEOPLE. I HAD TO GET BEHIND HIM AND TRY TO MAKE HIM A BETTER CANDIDATE AND HOPEFULLY BETTER PRESIDENT.>>Martha: I WANT TO GET BACK TO 2020. YOU HAVE GONE TO THE DANCE A FEW TIMES ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT JOBS. WHY ARE YOU STILL SO LOYAL TO HIM? ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE TRANSITION, JUST RECENTLY — YOU SPOKE OUT ABOUT THIS, YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO GET THAT CHIEF OF STAFF JOB.>>I WITHDREW MYSELF FROM THAT, MARTHA, BECAUSE I DECIDED I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT. TO BE FAIR TO THE PRESIDENT, THAT WASN’T SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO BE OFFERED. I GOT THE FEELING IT MIGHT BE THE DIRECTION HE WAS MOVING IN. I CALLED HIM AND SAID, LISTEN, IT’S NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME PERSONALLY. THE REASON I’M LOYAL TO HIM IS BECAUSE WE HAVE ONE PRESIDENT AT A TIME. THIS ISN’T ABOUT ME. THIS IS ABOUT THE COUNTRY. DO YOU WANT HIM TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS FOR OUR COUNTRY? DO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T GET A SOCIALIST PRESIDENT IN 2020? YEAH. BY THE WAY, THE PRESIDENT’S ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD TO ME PERSONALLY. SOME OF THE FOLKS AROUND HIM, NOT SO MUCH.>>Martha: HOW ARE THE FOLKS AROUND HIM NOW?>>MUCH BETTER.>>Martha: SO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHO’S ADVISING HIM RIGHT NOW?>>I THINK MICK IS DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB. I THINK KELLYANNE CONWAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD. SHE KNOWS HOW TO SPEAK TO THE PRESIDENT AND SPEAK FOR THE PRESIDENT. I THINK MIKE POMPEO IS AN IMPROVEMENT AT STATE. HE’S GOT A BETTER TEAM NOW THAN WHEN HE STARTED.>>Martha: HE’S GOING TO BE RUNNING AGAINST ONE OF THESE PEOPLE. THIS IS ELIZABETH WARREN TALKING ABOUT THE WEALTHY. WATCH THIS.>>WE NEED TO TAKE POWER IN WASHINGTON AWAY FROM THE WEALTHY AND WELL-CONNECTED AND PUT IT BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE WHERE IT BELONGS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Martha: THAT’S GOING TO RESONATE WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE.>>IT WILL WITH SOME. WHAT WON’T RESONATE IS WHEN THEY START PUTTING PRICE TAGS ON ALL THE THINGS THEY’RE PROMISING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR ABOUT MEDICARE FOR ALL AND REALIZE IT’S GOING TO BANKRUPT THEM AND BANKRUPT OUR COUNTRY AND TAKE AWAY THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT’S WHAT ELIZABETH WARREN IS FOR. THEY WANT TO GREEN AGENDA THAT IS GOING TO REALLY COST THE COUNTRY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I MEAN, WHEN WE START PUTTING PRICE TAGS ON THIS AND THEY REALIZE THE FREEDOM THEY’RE GIVING UP — THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT THE OTHER NIGHT IN THE STATE OF THE UNION, THEY’RE MOVING US TOWARDS A SOCIALIST AGENDA. IT’S UNACCEPTABLE. I BET YOU MIDDLE AMERICA IS GOING TO HEAR THIS FOR A WHILE. ONCE THEY GET A BELLY FULL OF IT, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO LIKE IT.>>I BELIEVE WE NEED TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA.>>HAVE YOU SMOKED?>>I HAVE.>>OKAY. LIKE IN COLLEGE.>>AND I INHALED. I DID INHALE. [ LAUGHTER ] IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. LISTEN, I THINK THAT IT GIVES A LOT OF PEOPLE JOY. AND WE NEED MORE JOY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>EVERYBODY’S PRO POT NOW, RIGHT? LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT’S GOING TO BE LEGAL IN EVERY STATE IN AMERICA BEFORE IT’S THROUGH.>>IT’S RIDICULOUS.>>Martha: YOU WORKED HARD TO GET DRUGS OFF THE TREAT.>>AND I WORKED HARD TO KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS AS GOVERNOR. THE STUDIES SHOW THAT MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, IS A GATEWAY DRUG INTO OTHER DRUGS. IT’S WRONG TO DO IT. HARRIS IS LAUGH ALL SHE WANTS, BUT SHE SHOULD GO TO SOME OF THESE FUNERALS HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY. LOOK IN THE EYES OF PARENTS WHO HAD A CHILD WHO DIED OF AN OPIOID OVERDOSE AND HAVE THE PARENTS TELL THEM THE STORIES ABOUT HOW IT STARTED FOR THAT CHILD WITH MARIJUANA. I’VE GONE AND DONE THAT. MAYBE SENATOR HARRIS SHOULD DO THAT. SHE WOULDN’T BE CHUCKLING ABOUT JOY.>>Martha: SONS AND NEPHEWS, THEY SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING. NATIONAL EMERGENCY, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD TRY?>>IF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO COME UP WITH A REASONABLE COMPROMISE, THEY’RE GOING TO LEAVE HIM NO CHOICE. I DON’T THINK IT’S GREAT POLICY TO DO THAT. BUT IF THEY’RE GOING TO SAY NO WAY, WE’RE NOT GOING TO FUND THE WALL IN ANY WAY FOR THE PRESIDENT, THEY LEAVE THE PRESIDENT WITH NO CHOICE. THEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FALLS ON THE DEMOCRATS. THE PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN A WILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE HERE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING. IF THEY DON’T WANT TO COMPROMISE WITH THE PRESIDENT, THEN THE PRESIDENT’S GOING TO HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DO IT. I HOPE THEY COME TO A DEAL. IF THEY DON’T, THE PRESIDENT’S GOING TO DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO.>>Martha: JOE BIDEN, BACK TO 2020. 62% OF DEMOCRATS SAY THEY THINK HE SHOULD GET. IN 28% SAY HE SHOULD GET OUT. WHAT CHANGES THE MOMENT HE’S IN?>>THEN PEOPLE START SHOOTING AT HIM AND HE’S THE FRONTRUNNER. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I WAS THE FRONTRUNNER IN THE RACE. BELIEVE ME, YOU NEVER SEE MORE INCOMING THAN WHEN YOU’RE THE FRONTRUNNER. I WILL TELL YOU THIS, ONE THING I WILL SAY ABOUT BIDEN, BECAUSE HE HAS THE ABILITY COMING FROM SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, TO APPEAL TO PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN, HE COULD PEEL OFF WHITE WORKING CLASS VOTERS. NOW, CAN JOE STAY ON THE RAILS? CAN HE KEEP HIS MOUTH APPROPRIATE?>>THE PRESIDENT CALLED HIM DUMB THE OTHER DAY.>>I UNDERSTAND. JOE HAS SAID SOME THINGS OVER TIME THAT WOULD MAKE PEOPLE WONDER WHETHER OR NOT HE’S REALLY THINKING. WE GOT TO SEE HOW HE PERFORMANCE. IF I WERE DONALD TRUMP, I WOULD KEEP THE CLOSEST EYE ON JOE BIDEN.>>Martha: SHOULD HE BE CONCERNED ABOUT HOWARD SCHULTZ?>>I WANT A T-SHIRT THAT SAYS RUN HOWARD RUN. HE WILL GUARANTEE A TRUMP VICTORY. IT IS A FOOL’S ERRAND, BUT WE WELCOME HIM TO DO IT.>>Martha: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BOOK. WHEN DID YOU NOT GET A CHANCE TO FINISH? YOU ALWAYS FINISH.>>WE STILL GOT MORE TO SAY.>>Martha: WHAT’S THE NEXT CHAPTER?>>WE’RE GOING TO SEE. LISTEN, I LOVE PUBLIC SERVICE. WE’RE DOING SOME STUFF.