Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said insults from former President Donald Trump made him “concerned” about the ex-president’s mental health.
Trump repeatedly insulted Christie during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday morning, calling his 2024 rival a ‘slob’ and a ‘crazy lunatic’ who ‘couldn’t introduce himself as a dog catcher “. The former president claimed Christie was “a very disturbed person” who was upset because he hadn’t gotten “a job” in the Trump administration.
During an interview with Newsmax TV’s Eric Bolling on Wednesday night, Christie said he felt “bad” for Trump, who has pleaded not guilty this year to 91 criminal charges. Christie, the first head of Trump’s transition team in 2016, recalled his once-close relationship with the ex-president before listing a series of positions in the Trump administration he said he had been offered .
“I feel bad for Donald,” Christie said. “He says I’m not very smart, I’m very deranged…He didn’t think that in 2018 when he asked me to become White House chief of staff. He didn’t think that in 2016 when he named me president of his transition… He didn’t think of that when he proposed me twice as secretary of homeland security and secretary of labor.
Just before expressing his mental health concerns, Christie also pointed out that he supported Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and 2020 and helped the former president prepare for debates with the former secretary of the administration. Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden.
“If I was so useless, stupid and deranged, how did this all happen?” asked Christie. “It’s sad, he’s under a lot of stress and a lot of pressure. And saying those things really worries me about his mental health.”
Although Christie was once one of the former president’s closest allies, their relationship grew increasingly hostile following Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Shortly after the election, the former governor began to criticize Trump for repeatedly spreading false narratives that Biden’s victory was ‘stolen’ and for his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the government. US Capitol.
Last month, Trump and Christie urged each other to walk out of the 2024 election. The heavily favored Trump told former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an online interview that Christie “shouldn’t run for president,” in part because of his poor results in the polls.
Christie denied Trump’s request in a CNN interview, while suggesting the former president should instead “consider stepping out of this race,” citing what will likely be his busy schedule in four separate criminal proceedings.
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