Chris Christie, who used to be governor of New Jersey, has come out fighting against Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. A few days before the first Republican presidential primary debate, the candidate held a town hall and gave interviews in which he criticized his rivals and tried to make himself look like a better choice.
First, Christie criticized Trump for not holding a press meeting on Monday to talk about the most recent political charges from Fulton County, Georgia. During an interview on CNN, he said that he wasn’t surprised by the news, since Trump is “facing jail time” and “cannot make his situation a lot worse.”
Chris Christie on Trump canceling his press conference about “Election fraud”:
“I’m not surprised by it. Because what he now knows is that he facing jail time…
He should have listened to his lawyers back in the WH…They told him that if you continue with this election… pic.twitter.com/ocYSzQiO9K
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) August 18, 2023
“I think that calling off that stupid press conference on Monday was the first smart move he has made in this area in a long time,” the candidate said.
Trump revealed the press conference on Truth Social on Tuesday, saying that he would give a “Large, Complex, Detailed, but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud” that would lead to his “complete EXONERATION.”
On Thursday, the former president changed his mind. He said that his lawyers told him it would be better to give the report “in formal legal filings” as they fight to get the case thrown out.
Christie also said that Trump was bad for not showing up to the first election meeting. “Surprise, surprise…the guy out on bail is scared and hiding from debates,” he wrote in a post on X, the social media site that used to be called Twitter. “Trump is a proven loser and a proven coward.”
During his town hall on Saturday, Christie also took aim at DeSantis, whose campaign has been struggling and who has been trying to get it back on track. Christie said that if DeSantis wasn’t serious about beating the former president, he should drop out of the race and support him. This was in response to a story that said the Florida governor might back Trump and attack billionaire Vivek Ramaswamy in debates.
“You can only beat someone by beating them. If DeSantis thinks he can support Trump on Wednesday night, he should do Trump and our party a favor by going back to Tallahassee, endorsing Trump, and getting the hell out of the race.
The main focus of Christie’s campaign has been to hit Trump. In fact, he has spent more time criticizing the former president than telling Republican voters why they should vote for him.
The former governor has been far behind in the polls for a long time. But earlier this week, he beat DeSantis and moved up to second place in New Hampshire, which is a key primary fight state.
Author: Steven Sinclaire