Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) blasted former President Trump on Twitter in a scathing response to Trump’s remarks about Christie and many other GOP governors backing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) reelection bid over Trump’s favored opponent in the primary, former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
His tweet followed Trump’s characterization of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R), and Chris Christie as “RINOs,” or “Republicans in name only,” for campaigning for Kemp ahead of his May 24 primary race.
“Today, the worst ‘election integrity’ Governor in the country, Brian Kemp, loaded the great state of Georgia up with RINOs,” Trump said in a statement.
“That’s right, he had them all. Chris Christie, Doug Ducey from Arizona, and Pete Ricketts from Nebraska. That tells you all you need to know about what you are getting in Georgia — just a continuation of bad elections and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp,” he added.
Christie is from New Jersey, who are masters at biting come backs.
“Insightful commentary about three Republican Governors who were overwhelmingly re-elected by their people from a former President who lost to Joe Biden. Maybe the ‘R’ in RINO really stands for re-elected. Proud to stand with @DougDucey @GovRicketts supporting @BrianKempGA.”
Insightful commentary about three Republican Governors who were overwhelmingly re-elected by their people from a former President who lost to Joe Biden. Maybe the “R” in RINO really stands for re-elected. Proud to stand with @DougDucey @GovRicketts supporting @BrianKempGA
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 11, 2022
Recent polling indicates that Kemp, who was formerly a Trump buddy, is the favored contender for the next primary. The former president has backed Perdue, but Kemp, who was once a Trump ally himself, is the top candidate.
Christie, on the other hand, has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s endorsements in the midterm elections, claiming that they were “emotional decisions” that lacked “political analysis.”
Trump was only a reality-TV renowned real estate billionaire from New York who had been spreading critiques and conspiracies about then-President Barack Obama five years before he won the presidency and became one of the most powerful persons on the planet.
After Obama revealed his birth certificate and blasted Trump for his role in the so-called “birther” movement at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, one of those theories — that Obama wasn’t born in the United States — came back to haunt him in iconic form.
Christie was there in the room when the incident occurred.
In his latest book, Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and Joe Biden’s Dangerous Policies, the former New Jersey governor writes about attending the April 30, 2011, event at the Washington Hilton.
The luncheon came just three days after Obama issued his long-form birth certificate, which Trump has persistently denied existed.
Because Trump was in the audience when Obama ascended the stage, he became a favorite target for much of the night’s satire.
Trump, according to witnesses, did not enjoy being in the spotlight.
Christie, 59, writes, “I was right there when it happened. “I was right there when it happened.” “The two combatants’ features were clearly visible to me. Every gruesome knife twist and agonizing grimace were visible to me.”
“It was a big room, but I had a prime ringside seat. This was the night Barack Obama publicly embarrassed Donald Trump.”
“Donald Trump is here tonight,” Obama said in his five-minute routine. “And I know he has taken some flak lately. But no one is happier, no one prouder, to put this birth certificate to rest than the Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter like, Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Christie added.
According to Christie, Obama was “mocking the baseless charge by comparing it to the most discredited conspiracy theories and pinning it on its loudest voice. The whole room, 2,600 journalists and Washington power brokers, Republicans and Democrats alike, howled in laughter.”
Trump, who is known to be thin-skinned “was staring straight ahead. He was rocking back and forth in his chair. He still didn’t break a smile,” according to Christie.
The moment, Christie writes, “was fascinating and excruciating all at once” and Obama “showed no mercy on Donald Trump.”
Christie continues: “I can say this much: I spoke to Donald after the dinner. He was pissed off like I’d never seen him before. Just beside himself with fury.”
When comic Seth Myers approached the stage later that night, he said, among other things, “Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican — which is surprising, since I just assumed that he was running as a joke.”
Some have speculated in the years since the 2011 dinner that the numerous jokes directed at Trump that night prompted him to run for office.