Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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November 24, 2015 5:19 PM EST

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie test-drove a new message highlighting his experience in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday, aimed at the political novices running for office.

Riffing on the theme of “newness” in a race in which experience has become a liability, Christie argued that ” new seems fabulous, until the moment comes when you need experience.”

Christie, a two-term governor and former U.S. Attorney, has adjusted his message in the wake of this month’s Paris attacks to highlight his time as a prosecutor, when some of his early cases dealt with terrorism charges.

The line of attack is aimed squarely at rivals like Sen. Marco Rubio, who is surging in the polls as a one-term lawmaker and is best positioned to compete with Christie in New Hampshire. Other targets are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, who currently are riding high in the polls on their outsider appeal.

Here’s what he said:

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