Megyn Kelly reveals what Chris Christie REALLY told her during their heated off-air debate confrontation – and why it took 17 minutes to get to candidate that is ‘polling at 2%’

  • Debate moderator Megyn Kelly revealed what former New Jersey Chris Christie said to her when he approached her angrily during a commercial break 
  • Kelly said Thursday that Christie was ‘p***ed’ he wasn’t getting enough questions, though also pointed out he was ‘polling at 2 percent’ 
  • During their back-and-forth, Kelly assured the former New Jersey governor that he would get more time in the second half of the debate, which he did 

Megyn Kelly on Thursday revealed what former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said to her during a heated off-air confrontation during Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate. 

An audience member captured video of Christie walking up to Kelly and the two other debate moderators after his slapdown with rival Vivek Ramaswamy over comments the entrepreneur made onstage about former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley, another 2024 GOP hopeful.

Kelly said that Christie was ‘p***ed.’ 

‘All over the internet last night was a video that went viral of somebody in the balcony filming Chris Christie coming over to yours truly during a break at the end of the first hour and kind of getting up in my grill,’ she said.

Christie, she said, was ‘mad that he wasn’t getting enough questions,’ to which Kelly pointed out to her SiriusXM audience, ‘he’s polling at 2 percent!’

Megyn Kelly on Thursday revealed what former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said to her during a heated off-air confrontation during Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate, which was captured by an audience member

Speaking on Thursday on her SiriusXM show, Kelly - one of the trio of Wednesday night's debate's moderators - said Christie was 'p***ed' because he wasn't getting enough time, though also pointed out he was only polling at '2 percent'

Speaking on Thursday on her SiriusXM show, Kelly – one of the trio of Wednesday night’s debate’s moderators – said Christie was ‘p***ed’ because he wasn’t getting enough time, though also pointed out he was only polling at ‘2 percent’ 

‘In no debate ever, and I’ve now done six of them, have we given as many questions to the guy who’s at 3 percent as to the person who’s in the lead, at least amongst the candidates on the stage,’ Kelly said. ‘I’m sorry, Gov. Christie. That’s the way it is.’

Christie’s national polling average, according to Real Clear Politics, is 2.5 percent. 

During their back-and-forth, Kelly assured the former New Jersey governor that he would get more time in the back half of the debate. 

‘I said, “We’re coming to you. You’re gonna be happy in the second hour,” which I lived up to,’ Kelly said.  

She also said that Christie was ‘right’ that he had been excluded.

‘And the reason that happened is because we let them fight in the first 40 minutes of the debate and therefore that comes at the expense of something,’ she explained. ‘It’s all at the expense of something else that’s coming.’ 

Citing CNN’s figures, Kelly said that the candidates got close to the same amount of time to talk. 

Ramaswamy held the floor for 22 minutes, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got 21, Haley had 17 and Christie – who’s polling in single-digits nationally alongside Ramaswamy – got 16 minutes and 52 seconds, Kelly said. 

‘So he was a half a minute behind Haley, who’s tied up there for number one,’ Kelly said of the four GOP candidates who participated in the debate.

Former President Donald Trump has refused to take the stage and is the race’s far-and-away frontrunner.

‘So I don’t want to hear it, frankly, we did right by him,’ Kelly continued. ‘He got a ton of airtime. That’s what he was mad about.’

‘I like the guy, but just to break some news on what people [are] speculating on … they never like it when they don’t get to speak,’ the former Fox News host added. 

Christie was transparent with his annoyance about being asked a question last.

He opened up his debate appearance by saying, ‘we’re 17 minutes into this debate.’ 

He then attacked his three rivals for ‘acting as if this race is between the four of us,’ and refusing to take on Trump. 

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