Christie does media blitz ahead of prime-time debate blackout

For the first time this election season, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will not appear on the main stage of a GOP presidential debate when the candidates gather in Milwaukee on Tuesday. But between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Monday, Christie could not be missed on the cable airwaves.

The governor appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC hoping to offset his absence from the main stage and looking for the silver lining in his demotion to the undercard debate.

"I'll be in Milwaukee tomorrow night and I'll be on a stage where I'm going to get a lot more time to talk," Christie told MSNBC. "Iowa and New Hampshire, as you know, all of you know, will be the folks who decide how this field gets winnowed, not anybody in an office building in Manhattan."

Christie repeatedly reiterated the importance of New Hampshire to the primary process and has spent 46 days there already.

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