The former governor of New Jersey. Chris ChristieChris Christie These are the last six Trump allies to be cited by the January 6 panel Trump punches Christie after the Republican Party moves past the 2020 election claims Christie in the 2020 election: ‘No no matter where you are, it’s over ‘MORE (R) shot the ex President TrumpDonald Trump Three men charged with fraud in PAC scheme of .5 million scams Judge rejects Trump’s request to delay release of Jan.6 documents amid appeal Prince Harry says he warned Dorsey from Twitter on the January 6 riots MORE on his 2020 presidential reelection defeat during an interview with “Axios on HBO”.
Christie, who coached the former president before the presidential debates, was asked about a statement Trump issued earlier this week claiming that Christie had left office with a low approval rating.
“Look, I’m not going to go back and forth with Donald Trump. But what I’ll say is this: When I ran for reelection in 2013, I got 60 percent of the vote. When he ran for reelection, he lost to Joe bidenJoe BidenJudge Rejects Trump’s Request to Delay Release of Jan.6 Papers Amid Appeal On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Night Defense and National Security: Russia Concerns Increase MOREChristie responded during an excerpt from the interview broadcast Thursday. “I’m happy to have that standing comparison because that’s what really matters.”
During recent remarks at a Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas, Christie called on Republicans to put the 2020 presidential election results behind them and look to the future.
“The winning campaigns are always the campaigns that look forward, not backward,” said the former New Jersey governor.
Those comments were immediately criticized by Trump, who claimed that the former Republican governor was “absolutely massacred” for his remarks during the conference.
“Chris Christie, who just delivered a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) in Las Vegas, was absolutely slaughtered by his statements that Republicans have to put the past behind us, that is, the election fraud of 2020,” he said Trump in a statement. . “Everyone remembers that Chris left New Jersey with an approval rating of less than 9%, a record low, and they didn’t want to hear this from him!”
Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election was tainted by widespread electoral fraud, claims that have been refuted by state and federal election officials.
Axios noted that a Rutgers-Eagleton survey published in January 2018 it featured Christie with a 19 percent approval rating.
In reaction to Trump’s comments that Christie was “absolutely slaughtered” for her comments during the conference, Christie told Axios’s Mike Allen: “I made a conscious decision, Mike, that I want to spend my time fighting Joe’s policies. Biden and Kamala harrisKamala HarrisHarris and Macron unveil new initiatives on space and cybersecurity after Trump criticizes Cheney after New Hampshire comments With 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being an aging Biden’s Plan B MORE and try to help Republicans win governorships and the House and Senate in 2022. ”
“This is not an argument I’ll walk away from,” added Christie.
The Hill has reached out to a Trump spokesperson for comment.