According to The Hill, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, dismissed estimates of tens of thousands of people attending former President Trump’s campaign rallies as “absurd.” During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Christie responded to reports that a recent Trump rally in South Carolina attracted around 50,000 people, calling the figure ridiculous. He argued that Trump’s rallies are self-serving and aimed at promoting his own interests rather than serving the American people.
Christie highlighted Trump’s lengthy speech in Iowa, where he claimed the former president lied about the farm deal with China, asserting that China had not fulfilled a quarter of the agreements made under Trump’s administration. Christie criticized Trump for spending the majority of his speech talking about his own legal troubles instead of focusing on the needs of the American people. According to Christie, Trump’s actions demonstrate a lack of concern for the country’s future, suggesting that his motives are driven solely by his ego.
Despite their previous alliance, Christie has become a vocal critic of Trump and is challenging him in the 2024 election. He has repeatedly warned that nominating Trump again in the primary would lead to Republican defeat in the general election. Christie argued that Trump’s primary focus is on undoing his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, rather than working for the betterment of the American people. Christie further emphasized Trump’s series of losses, including the 2018 loss of the House of Representatives, the White House in 2020, and the Senate, as well as potential losses in governorships and other seats in the 2022 elections.
In his remarks, Christie highlighted his belief that Trump’s campaigns primarily serve his own interests and ambitions, rather than prioritizing the welfare of the American people. He pointed to Trump’s unsuccessful track record and suggested that the former president’s focus on personal vendettas and self-preservation undermines his ability to effectively lead and govern.