Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor defended his endorsement of Trump as he faced criticism from his own party that about giving legitimacy to a person who might destroy GOP.
“As a Republican, I feel strongly about making sure that Hillary Clinton does not become president of the US,” said Christie during a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey, “and I believe Donald Trump is the best person of those remaining to do that.”
Christie left the Republican Party in shock when he threw his support behind Trump. This move gave GOP front-runner some establishment. Chris claimed that he hasn’t had any conversations with Donald Trump about becoming his running-mate if he wins GOP nomination.
Christie stood by Donald Trump’s side at Florida’s press conference in Florida. The governor however insisted that he had no regrets.
“I don’t know what I was supposed to be doing,” said Christie. “I was standing there listening to him. All these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break. … He was answering questions from the national press corps, and I was listening.’’ He also said that this is part of people’s hysteria, opposing his endorsement and that they want to read anything into it that can be negative.
“No, I wasn’t being held hostage,” he added. “No, I was not sitting up there thinking, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?'”
.Since after dropping his presidential bid, Christie has to face a large amount of criticism at home too. Around 6 newspaper in New Jersey called him an “utter disgrace,’’ and “embarrassment,’’ calling him to resign.
His backing of Donald Trump disappointed many of his supporters. Meg Whitman (CEO, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) who also served as national finance co-chairperson of’s presidential campaign, called his endorsement “an astonishing display of political opportunism.’’
Mitt Romney, who in 2012 was the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, gave a speech criticizing Trump. He called on the Republican Party to reject him. Christie claimed that he considers Romney a good friend and he respects him, but they disagree politically on this specific issue.
He said that he was not concerned with some of Trump’s recent controversies saying he knows Trump and that he trusts him, since they have been friends for more than 13 years.
“I know much more about him than Romney does,” said Christie to reporters. He however, added that he does not agree with 100% of what Trump says. “I just have a different view,’’ he said.