Former President Donald Trump blasted Chris Christie this week after the former New Jersey governor urged Republicans to “move on” from the 2020 presidential election and concerns about voter fraud.
“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,” Trump said in a statement. “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 was responding to a report that Christie, who ran unsuccessfully against Trump during the 2016 presidential cycle, encouraged Republicans to ignore Trump’s concerns about the 2020 presidential election if they want to win in 2022 and 2024.
“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.
“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,” Christie said. “We better focus on that and take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.”
Christie has hinted at another presidential run, but said he won’t make an official decision until after the 2022 midterm elections.
“I would not rule it out,” he said last year.
He also said that, if he does decide to run, he will not defer to Trump if the former president also throws his hat in the ring.
“I’m also not going to be one of these people who’s going to say, ‘Well, I’ll wait to see what President Trump’s going to do,’” Christie said in May. “You know, I’m not going to defer to anyone if I decide that it’s what I want to do and that I think I’m the best option for the party and for the country.”