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Chris Christie on Donald Trump: 'Life is a strange, strange ride'

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Donald Trump went from reality television host to Republican presidential candidate frontrunner this summer, but one person who isn’t surprised by that turn of events is fellow contender Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor told Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show that he “completely expected” Trump’s ascendency.

“Didn’t you?” Christie asked Fallon before cracking a joke. “Everything he does is fabulous, spectacular, wonderful, amazing.”

As Fallon pointed out, Trump’s modus operandi is “yelling and saying stuff,” a tactic that Christie himself has employed over the years. But according to Christie, he doesn’t mind the competition.

“Life is a strange, strange ride, Jimmy,” Christie said. “We’ll just keep riding it.” After Fallon joked that Christie’s response sounded like a yearbook quote, the governor continued: “You just have to get used to the way campaigns go back and forth and move around. We’re five and a half months before anybody votes. It’s a long way away, and there’s a lot of work to do.”

Christie didn’t just talk about Trump during his appearance. He also challenged Fallon to a lip-sync battle, mouthed a few seconds of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” and was crowned champion.

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