Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was “concerned” about former President Donald Trump’s mental health after his insults.
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday morning, Trump repeatedly insulted Christie, calling his 2024 rival a “slob” and a “crazy lunatic” who “couldn’t run for dog catcher.” . The former president claimed that Christie was a “very disturbed person” who was upset that he hadn’t found a “job” in the Trump administration.
In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Eric Bolling on Wednesday night, Christie said he was “sad” for Trump, who has pleaded not guilty this year to 91 felony criminal charges. Christie, who was the first head of Trump’s transition team in 2016, recalled his previous close relationship with the former president, then listed a series of jobs offered to him by the Trump administration, which he claimed he had been awarded. over these positions.
“I feel sorry for Donald,” Christie said. “He was there saying I’m not very smart, I’m deranged … He didn’t think of that when he asked me to be White House chief of staff in 2018. He didn’t think of that when he asked me to be White House chief of staff in 2016 ’” I was his interim chairman … He didn’t think of that when he twice asked me to be Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of Labor. “
Just before voicing his own mental health concerns, Christie also noted that he supported Trump’s campaign in 2016 and 2020 and helped the former president prepare for a meeting with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden. debate.
“If I’m so useless and stupid and deranged, how did all this happen?” Christie asked. “It’s sad, he’s under a lot of stress and a lot of stress. Saying these things makes me really concerned about his mental health.”
While Christie was once one of the former president’s closest allies, their relationship has grown increasingly hostile as Trump lost the 2020 presidential election.
Shortly after the election, the former governor began criticizing Trump’s repeated false narrative that Biden’s victory was “stolen” and his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Last month, Trump and Christie urged each other to withdraw from the 2024 election. Trump, who leads by a wide margin, told former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an online interview that Christie “shouldn’t be running for president” in part because of his low poll numbers.
In an interview with CNN, Christie rejected Trump’s request while suggesting that the former president should “consider getting out of this race,” citing potential for his court schedule in four separate criminal proceedings. very busy.