With his combative campaign style and large-state electoral votes, Christie could provide the Trump ticket with a strong political boost, touting his record on a number of issues attractive to GOP voters.

His economic record, though, has a lot less to offer.

On Wednesday, Democratic rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, made a campaign stop in Christies back yard to blast Trump for getting rich by taking advantage of American workers.

Standing outside one of Trumps bankrupt Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos, Clinton said that his campaign is trying to appeal to voters who are the same people he has been exploiting for years -- working people, small-business people trying to support their families.

In a statement released shortly after Clintons remarks, Trump defended bankruptcy as an effective and commonly used practice in business.

I created thousands of jobs and made a lot of money in Atlantic City, which was what, as a businessman, I am supposed to do for my company and my family, Trump said in the statement.

A Christie representative could not be reached for comment. Christie has said that, under his administration, New Jerseys economic and fiscal have dramatically improved since he took office. New Jersey is better off than it was last year at this time, and it is certainly far better off than it was just five years ago, he said in his State of the State speech this year.

Since he was inaugurated the Garden States 55th governor in January 2010, New Jerseys overall economic growth has lagged the national pace of recovery. As of the first quarter of this year, the US economy is 22.4 percent bigger than when Christie took office; his states economy has grown by 18.2 percent.