Former President Donald Trump on Monday slammed rival-turned-ally-turned-potential-rival-again Chris Christie for calling on Republicans to stop “wasting time” talking about the 2020 election.
The ex-New Jersey governor, who like Trump is weighing another run for president in 2024, issued the warning at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Texas over the weekend.
“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. And every minute that we spend talking about 2020,” Christie said, was “wasting time.”
Instead of focusing on Trump’s claim that the election was stolen from him, the GOP should “take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again,” he added.
Trump didn’t take too kindly to the thinly-veiled jab from Christie, who endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 GOP primary, and served as head of his transition planning team.
“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 in a statement.
The former president added that “everybody remembers” how Christie left the Garden State governorship in 2018 with an abysmally low approval rating, adding that New Jersey residents “didn’t want to hear from him.”
Christie’s speech at the RJC event gave him the opportunity to address some of the biggest and most influential donors to the party amid wide speculation that he holds 2024 presidential aspirations.
Republicans have “extraordinary opportunities over the next few years,” Christie said, but only if they offer voters “a plan for tomorrow, not a grievance about yesterday.”
Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida also made appearances at the meeting, as did former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
With Post wires