New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared onstage at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Washington, D.C., with a dark message: world war three has already begun.

Christie reflected on Wednesday's slaughter in San Bernardino, and said he immediately recognized that the shootings represented a terrorist attack on American soil.

"If a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, Calif., can be a target for a terrorist attack, then every place in America is a target for a terrorist attack," Christie said. "We need to come to grips with the idea that we are in the midst of the next world war."

Christie said the U.S. has become weaker in the last seven years and he is committed to destroying the Islamic State in its physical and ideological manifestations. The governor reflected on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his experience as a U.S. attorney to explain his aggressive approach to combatting terrorism.

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