Chris Christie, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, received a cold reception from the Faith and Freedom Coalition audience when he criticized former President Donald Trump.
During his speech, the former governor of New Jersey emphasized the importance of “character,” pointing out that Trump failed to take responsibility for any of his errors and ultimately disappointed us. The Justice Department recently indicted the former president for retaining classified documents and reportedly violating the Espionage Act.
Christie called out Trump for letting Republicans down “because he’s unwilling to take responsibility for any of the mistakes that were made,” or any of his “faults,” claiming that refusal wasn’t leadership but rather the “failure of leadership.”
Despite getting some boos from the audience, Christie remained resolute in his assessment of Trump.
The former Governor of New Jersey responded to the audience’s reaction, saying, “You can boo all you want,” before highlighting that the Christian faith “teaches us that people have to take responsibility for what they do.” The statement earned him more cheers than boos.
Christie went on to criticize Trump for using his typical strategy of mudslinging against the former New Jersey Governor, highlighting that Trump did that after he had previously offered him the position of White House chief of staff.
He concluded, telling the audience that if by disagreeing with Trump, he solicited that “kind of treatment,” it was only making the country “smaller.”
“It makes our country smaller, and it makes us lesser,” Christie claimed emphatically.
Christie currently trails Trump, the GOP Presidential primary frontrunner, by a massive margin, earning 2.4 percent to Trump’s 59 percent, according to a recent Emerson College poll.
Chris Christie starts attacking Trump and is immediately booed by the audience.
Might want to get used to it, pal! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/ecfa6NLLc2
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) June 23, 2023