Donald Trump Blasts Mitt Romney; Chris Christie Says He's Not a "Hostage"

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"I'll act presidential, but if someone hits me, I'm going to hit them back harder," the billionaire businessman says.

Donald Trump lit into Mitt Romney on Thursday afternoon while stumping in Portland, Maine, after the former GOP presidential nominee criticized the current frontrunner

Romney called Trump "phony" and a "fraud" while trying to implore Republicans to support one of the other candidates still running for the party's nomination. 

Crediting himself for Romney's decision to “chicken out” from running this season, Trump also made a seemingly incendiary comment about Romney wanting Trump's endorsement when he ran for president in 2012. 

"I could have said, 'Mitt, drop to your knees,' and he would have dropped to his knees,” said Trump. He also compared the difference in wealth between himself and Romney. 

“I have a store that’s worth more money than Mitt," he said. 

Trump was interrupted by numerous protesters during the rally — including immediately when it began — each time telling security to remove the person.

Trump also commented on the upcoming Fox News debate scheduled for Thursday night. 

"I'll act presidential, but if someone hits me, I'm going to hit them back harder," he said. 

Before Trump attended the rally, but after Romney gave his media conference, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talked to reporters, defending his move to endorse Trump after he dropped out of the GOP presidential race.

Numerous hometown newspapers have called for Christie to resign in the wake of the endorsement. He said that was not going to happen.

"They’re trying to find some way to be relevant as their circulation and readership diminishes," he said. "And the only way to do that is to set themselves on fire." 

Christie also addressed the Internet mocking him for looks he gave while standing behind Trump during a media conference after Trump won multiple states on Super Tuesday. 

Christie, staring off at times, was turned into an instant meme, numerous people joking that he looked like he was being held against his will at the event.

"I don’t know what I supposed to be doing," said Christie. "No, I wasn’t being held hostage. No, I wasn’t thinking 'Oh my God, what have I done?'"