Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Christie said Trump would lose a 2024 rematch with President Joe Biden.
Trump used his Truth Social platform to fire back, calling Christie “sloppy” and dismissing both his governorship and 2016 presidential bid as a “complete disaster.”
Christie replied on Twitter with a reminder of Trump’s defeat in 2020, noting that it clearly “still stings” the former president:
I’m the target of Donald Trump’s new tantrum. None of his lies about me today bothered him when he asked me to prep him for every general election debate or offered me 3 different cabinet posts. He’s the only man to lose to Biden outside Delaware. That loss to Joe still stings.
— Chris Christie (@GovChristie) February 5, 2023
Christie was among the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump in 2016 after dropping his own bid for the nomination. He remained close to Trump through his presidency, even helping to prep him for the debates. He developed a COVID-19 infection in the process, leading a weeklong stay in the intensive care unit.
Now, however, he has turned into a Trump critic ― a realization that some say comes a little too late in the game:
NJ native here.
See here’s the thing, you got exactly what you deserved with trump.
Why? Because despite knowing who & what he was, you aligned yourself with him anyway.
And what did he do in return?
Exactly what you should have expected he would do.
You sure you’re from Jersey?
— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) February 5, 2023
You have had numerous opportunities to put country first but seem to put pettiness and political party first, always. Why would anyone trust or care about what you say, now? You are best suited for also-ran status.
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) February 5, 2023
You were never under the umbrella, champ.🌂 pic.twitter.com/bhOC963dNa
— Myron B. Pitts (@FOmyronpitts) February 5, 2023
Truth, decency, and every single Democrat were attacked for six years but only when his lies get personal, you are moved enough to speak out.
Spare us your indignation. You were all in until you weren’t.
— Caitlin Maíre (@3scoutmom) February 5, 2023
So you aided that man that held decency hostage, for a period of no less than four years. What exactly did you expect in return?
— Mike Harvey (@electMikeHarvey) February 6, 2023
And yet when Trump did this to others (including me) you decided he should be President. You had no problem with his lies, treason, immorality, crimes, filthy mouth -- just as long as you were in line to get something from him.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) February 6, 2023
You really couldn’t see that coming Chris?
— Kyle Andrews (@TheKyleAndrews) February 5, 2023