Former President Donald Trump fired back at former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after Christie called for the Republican Party to move past Trump and the 2020 election and plan for the future.
Christie said: “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.
“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. We better focus on that and take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.
“Winning campaigns are always the campaigns that look forward, not backward,” Chris said.
Enter Donald Trump who said:
“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.
“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.”
Christie, who served as governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018, did suffer from low approval ratings by the time he ended his second term, but it wasn’t immediately clear where Trump got the 9% figure.
A Quinnipiac University Poll showed Christie with a 15% approval rating in mid-2017, according to a Politico report at the time. When asked about such polls, Christie said, “I don’t care” because he was not again running for public office at the time. Christie won reelection by a wide margin just four years prior.
“Winning campaigns look forward not backwards” Christie said earning only smattering applause.Noting the less-than-enthusiastic response, Christie implored: “That deserves applause. Because if we don’t get it we are going to lose…2020 ”is over”@jwpetersnyt covering @RJC— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 7, 2021
NEW!— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 8, 2021
President Donald J. Trump:
"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. Everybody remembers… pic.twitter.com/D91UVPHS6t
Chris Christie is running for President in 2024.— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) November 8, 2021
I was just in NH which has the first in the nation primary, & I gotta tell you, the people of NH don’t like Chris Christie a whole lot.. They liked my message to him though.
The only thing Christie should run for is his health! pic.twitter.com/eOvU0ebhYL