Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughed a lot at former President Donald Trump’s expense while lamenting the current state of national politics at a trade convention in upstate Thursday night.
“We have a former president of the United States who [went] on national television last night and said, “I declassified the documents thinking about it,” Christie said, mocking Trump’s defense of allegations that he illegally took classified documents from the White House.
“Imagine all the things I could have accomplished if I had known I didn’t really have to. I just had to think about it — he’s a credible candidate for 2024,” Christie, a two-term governor and former U.S. attorney, added with a laugh.
The comments are the latest in a series of clashes between former political allies. Trump poked fun at Christie’s weight in a widely shared post on his ‘Truth’ social media platform after Christie said last Sunday that Trump’s handling of top-secret documents left the FBI “no other choice.” than to raid Trump’s house in Florida.
“There is a sector of our party, which cannot find itself genetically incapable of not standing up for Donald Trump,” Christie said at another point in her hour-long speech while criticizing her fellow Republicans for supporting the unsubstantiated claims by the ex-president of mass electoral fraud. in the 2020 presidential election.
“It’s a disaster. It’s bad for the country,” Christie added.
The Garden State pol, who once led Trump’s White House transition team, also unleashed a barrage of zingers on other pols, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom – his hair is ready to be president” – and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom Christie dismissed as “the soup of the day.”
Christie, now a political analyst for ABC News, said voters in the upcoming midterm elections will have to choose between Democrats — who he described as out of touch with issues like bail reform — and Republicans, whose continued allegiance to Trump jeopardizes their chances of taking control. of the United States House and Senate in November.
“We named some really interesting characters,” Christie said of controversial GOP Senate candidates in states like Arizona, New Hampshire and New Jersey.
“I defend Dr. [Mehmet] Oz because he’s a lifelong New Jerseyan — the problem is he’s running in Pennsylvania,” Christie joked about the famed doctor’s odds against Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
Christie did not include New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on his list of Democratic governors he says are likely to lose in November, but said the race could turn in Republicans’ favor if political stars sway. lined up before the final votes were cast on November 8. .
But his thoughts returned to Trump as he concluded his speech with some thoughts on how his rival’s social media habits enable behavior that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
“He doesn’t have the guts to fire someone face to face,” Christie said of the ‘Apprentice’ star.
“He fired two chiefs of staff on Twitter and a number of other cabinet members. Because you’ll do it all alone sitting alone in your room staring at your phone. And you can call them whatever you want” , he added.
New York Post