Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might have just picked a fight he can’t win. Christie, addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas launched an attack against Trump in front of some of the GOP’s top donors.
“It’s over!” Christie said about Trump and the 2020 presidential election.
“We can no longer talk about the past and the past elections — no matter where you stand on that issue, no matter where you stand, it is over,” Christie said at the conference. “Every minute that we spend talking about 2020, while we’re wasting time doing that, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are laying ruin to this country. We better focus on that and take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.”
Trump took offense and decided to keep his former protege on a short leash, keeping him in line.
“Chris Christie, who just made a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) in Las Vegas, was just absolutely massacred by his statements that Republicans have to move on from the past, meaning the 2020 Election Fraud. Everybody remembers that Chris left New Jersey with a less than 9% approval rating—a record low, and they didn’t want to hear this from him,” Trump said.
Christie who has been one of Trump’s biggest frenemies has been trying to create space between himself and his former mentor. Christie, after his failed presidential campaign in 2016 endorsed Trump. Later, in 2020, Christie prepped Trump for his debate with Joe Biden. It was during that prep that a book revealed Trump believes Christie infected him with COVID-19.
Later, in an interview with CNN, Christie said in 2024, he will not step aside to make room for Trump when asked.
“Absolutely not. My decision will never be based on anybody else’s candidacy,” Christie responded. “It will be based on whether I believe I have the talent, the skill and the ability to be able to win.”