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Chris Christie destroys Democratic opponent …with kindness [VIDEO]

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Up more than 25 percentage points over his Democratic opponent, Chris Christie would have to admit to being a secret member of al Qaida to possibly lose New Jersey’s gubernatorial race.

During Tuesday night’s debate with Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie demonstrated his razor-sharp political skills. In one memorable exchange, the usually boisterous Republican governor killed his opponent with kindness.

Debate moderator Kristine Johnson asked both Christie and Buono to name something each likes about the other. Speaking first, Buono provided feint praise.

“Well, he’s good on late-night TV, he’s just not so good in New Jersey,” she quipped.

Unfazed by the not-so-subtle insult, Christie then praised Buono as a good and decent public servant, looking as sincere as any human possibly could.

“She’s obviously a good and caring mother and someone who cares deeply about public service in this state because she’s dedicated a lot of her life to it,” Christie said. “And while we have policy disagreements, Kristine, I would never denigrate her service. And I think we need more people who care enough about our communities to be able to stand up and do the job that she’s done over the last 20 years.”

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And that, ladies and gentleman, is the political equivalent of a slam dunk right in your opponent’s face.

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