Chris Christie mocks Donald Trump over re-election defeat

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Chris Christie mocks Donald Trump over re-election defeat

Former New Jersey Republican governor and onetime Donald Trump ally Chris Christie is stepping up his war of words with the former president as both men weigh potential White House bids in 2024.

“I’m not going to get into a back-and-forth with Donald Trump,” Christie told “Axios on HBO” in an interview that is set to air Sunday.

“But what I will say is this,” Christie added. “When I ran for re-election in 2013, I got 60 percent of the vote. When he ran for election, he lost to Joe Biden. I’m happy to have that comparison stand up, because that’s the one that really matters.”

Christie was responding to a Monday statement from Trump in which the 45th president mocked the former Garden State governor’s low approval rating upon his departure from office in 2018.

“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. “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!”

Donald Trump.
Christie’s comments come in response to former President Donald Trump mocking his low approval rating upon his departure from office in 2018.
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Christie, who left office with an approval rating of around 15 percent, doubled down on his message to “Axios on HBO.”

“I’ve made the conscious decision that I want to spend my time combating the policies of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and trying to help Republicans win governorships and the House and the Senate in 2022,” he said. “This is not an argument I’ll walk away from.”

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