At one point, New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie appeared primed for a bright political future, with many believing that he had a shot of getting elected president.
Mainstream conservative Christie shocked many on both sides of the political aisle, however, when he became the first credible Republican politician to endorse racist outsider Donald Trump’s campaign for president early last year. This was followed by months of Trump flattery out of the mouth of Christie, who had previously built a reputation for being straight-talking. Only recently, long after all of Christie’s larger political aspirations have gone up in flames, did the governor finally level some criticism against Trump.
Christie was termed out of running for the New Jersey governorship again, and it looks like this is the end of the line for the once-popular politician who formerly boasted crossover appeal but now appeals to very few. Governor Christie, who was conspicuously passed over by Trump for his running mate slot and later for any key posts in his administration, evidently felt like it was time to finally critique the former Atlantic City casino owner. A Politico article shared Governor Christie’s assessment of Trump’s work in the White House so far, detailing, “‘You know, I thought that he’d be a little less in campaign mode than he’s been. I think he’s never really kind of gotten out of campaign mode and I thought he might,’ said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump adviser. ‘I guess it’s his judgment that that’s what he has to do but that’s surprised me a little bit.'”
Christie’s cooling towards President Trump comes as too little, too late. The article went on to describe how Christie has become a persona non grata as a result of his fateful role in Trump’s successful campaign. It documented many Republican political operators’ current assessment of of Christie, stating, “‘It’s pretty disgusting why he did it, because he’s opportunistic,’ said Tony Fratto of Hamilton Place Strategies, who worked in the George W. Bush White House. ‘His days of leadership in the Republican Party are done.'” It continued, “Fratto also brought up how Christie had previously criticized Trump for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant comments. ‘Did he mean those things, or is he a liar?’ Endorsing Trump was ‘probably not his brightest political move. It’s right up there with the bridge,’ said Stuart Roy, a Tom DeLay alum now with Strategic Action Public Affairs.” Do you think former Trump lackey Christie deserves to be a political pariah now?