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Chris Christie On Clinton Speech: 'I Thought That Elizabeth Warren Wasn't Running'

06/14/2015 11:24 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) listened to Hillary Clinton's campaign speech this weekend and said she is starting to sound a lot like a more progressive female politician from Massachusetts.

"First off, I thought that [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren wasn't running for president," Christie told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning. "But when I listened to Hillary yesterday, it sounds like liberal political consultants put together that speech."

In a speech on Roosevelt Island in New York on Saturday, Clinton laid out what sounded like a populist agenda. She prioritized closing the income gap between the rich and the poor, sharply criticized the "top-down economic policies" of the Republican Party, and endorsed paid family leave and universal pre-kindergarten. She dedicated her presidential candidacy to the “factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day, for the nurses who work the night shift, for the truckers who drive for hours.”

Christie took a swipe at Clinton on Sunday, calling her out of touch with the real problems Americans face. "How would she know what real Americans are really concerned about?" Christie said. "I don't know. Is it ... when she's out giving paid speeches? I don't understand when she would know what she was saying yesterday about real Americans. How would she know?"

Christie said recently that if he runs for president, he could beat Clinton. But he hasn't yet decided whether he'll run.

"I've got to keep my eye on my day job," he said. "But as I said, you know, last week, the fact is, that this decision is now up to me. I'll make it during the month of June and then I'll let everybody know. I'm no wallflower."

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