Former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday urged the Republican Party to move on from former President Donald Trump as attention turns to the 2024 presidential election.
Christie’s comments come just days after Trump announced he would run for the White House again.
Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting Saturday, Christie said, “It’s time to stop whispering.”
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“It’s time to stop being afraid of a person,” he said. “It is time to stand up for the principles and beliefs on which we founded this party and this country.”
Christie and Trump faced off in the 2016 Republican primary before Christie dropped out and endorsed the now-former president. Christie highlighted on Saturday that he was the first Republican candidate to drop out of the race and endorsed Trump in February 2016.
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“I was there early, I was there faithfully, and I was there all the way — until election night 2020,” he said.
The former governor has since been a vocal critic of Trump, blaming the Republicans’ disappointing midterm elections on the shoulders of the 45th president.
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“We keep losing and losing and losing,” Christie said Saturday. “And the thing is, the reason we’re losing is because Donald Trump has put himself before everybody else.”
Christie has previously indicated that he is considering another presidential run.