Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was slammed on Twitter Sunday after blaming former President Trump for the GOP’s electoral blunders.
“We lose and lose and lose. And the fact is, we’re losing because Donald Trump put himself ahead of everyone else,” Christie said during his speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas.
Christie has been berated by conservatives who argued he lacked credibility to criticize Trump given his own political missteps. Some liberals also criticized Christie for his comments, saying he helped get Trump into the White House during the 2016 campaign.
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“Christie has zero credibility. He gave Trump some of the worst advice of his presidency, including Chris Wray’s recommendation,” tweeted Miranda Devine, a columnist for the New York Post.
Leo Terrell, an American civil rights attorney and Fox News contributor, wrote: “Chris Christie is a Trump hater, his political career is dead!”
Christie was demoted from his position as Chair of the White House Transition Team by Trump in 2016 and has had a mixed relationship with Trump since. Christie claimed in his 2019 book that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a top Trump, pushed him out.
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Christie has also been criticized by some liberals, who have accused the former governor of supporting Trump’s rise and more recently turning against him.
Michael Tracey, a Substack writer, predicted that Christie is one of the former Trump advisers who would most like to face off against his former boss in the 2024 GOP primary.
“Chris Christie was Trump’s top adviser on preparing debates and was at one point asked to become chief of staff, so I think you could put him on the list as well. Maybe Jeff Sessions will be running,” Tracey tweeted.
“This is truly stunning and shameless revisionism by @ChrisChristie, who was Trump’s first major mainstream supporter and the person perhaps most responsible for his normalization,” wrote Lis Smith, a Democratic strategist.
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Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Tuesday in Mar-a-Lago. If elected, Trump would become the second former president to retake the White House after failing to secure a second term as incumbent. Former President Grover Cleveland was the first.