‘Time to Stop Being Afraid’
- Chris Christie said Republicans shouldn’t be afraid of one person in an apparent reference to Trump.
- The former New Jersey governor said the Republican party was “losing” because of Trump.
- Christie has been named as a potential candidate to run against Trump in the 2024 presidential race.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Saturday it was “time to stop being afraid” of any one person in the GOP during a speech in which he also criticized former President Donald Trump.
“It is time to stop whispering,” Christie told an audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas, according to The Hill. “It is time to stop being afraid of any one person. It is time to stand up for the principles and the beliefs that we have founded this party on and this country on.”
The comments came after Trump announced Tuesday that he will again be running for president in 2024. Christie, or those around him, have hinted multiple times in the past that he would consider running for president against Trump again.
Despite being one of Trump’s earliest supporters after dropping out of the 2016 race, Christie has become critical of the former president and distanced himself after Trump began spreading conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election had been “stolen” from him.
Christie acknowledged this in his speech, saying he was “there faithfully” for Trump up until election night in 2020, The Hill reported.
The former governor also spent time criticizing Trump’s political losses. Christie is among the Republicans who have expressed frustration that some midterm candidates hand-picked by Trump failed to win their state or congressional races.
“We keep losing and losing and losing. And the fact of the matter is the reason we’re losing is because Donald Trump has put himself before everyone else,” Christie said, prompting applause from the audience.
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The two-day Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas featured Trump and other prominent GOP members, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Some speakers were critical of Trump during their speeches, the Associated Press reported.
A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.