Why Did Chris Christie Call Marco Rubio 'The Boy in the Bubble'?

Chris Christie called Marco Rubio, pictured, "the boy in the bubble." REUTERS/David Becker

When Chris Christie called Marco Rubio "the boy in the bubble," did he mean The Boy in the Plastic Bubble or Bubble Boy? The first was a 1976 made-for-TV movie that starred John Travolta as a man with a malfunctioning immune system who spends his days trapped inside a hermetically sealed space suit. The second, a 2001 film with a similar plot, stars Jake Gyllenhaal.


"You know me," Christie told reporters Tuesday. "Unlike some of the other campaigns, I'm not the boy in the bubble, okay?" Rubio is "the boy in the bubble," according to Christie. Such a boy "never answers your questions," he's "constantly scripted and controlled" and he lets "all of his handlers write his speeches and handle him." Christie does not do these things, he insisted: "Let's see if he'll gaggle with you everyday like I gaggle with you everyday," Christie said.

Christie's comments come after Rubio outperformed the other establishment candidates in Iowa, netting 23 percent of the vote, coming in behind Ted Cruz, who grabbed 27 percent, and Donald Trump, who took 24. Christie got only 1.8 percent of the vote, while Jeb Bush took 2.8 percent.

Christie went negative on Rubio Tuesday. "When Senator Rubio gets here, when the boy in the bubble gets here, I hope you ask him some questions, because it's time for him to start answering questions," Christie said.

"If he wants to sit here and answer your tough questions about his flip-flops on immigration, if he wants to answer your tough questions about his lack of record and experience, if he wants to answer your questions about why he ran away from his own immigration bill when it got too hot, I'm fascinated to hear the answers and I'm sure you will be, too," Christie added.

"Let's get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble and let's see him play for the next week in New Hampshire. I'm ready to play, I hope he is, cuz I'll be ready to see him on Saturday night," Christie said. The Republicans will gather Saturday night for their next primary debate.