Giuliani tore into Chris Christie after the former governor called the Trump legal team ‘a national embarrassment’ on television, book says

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Former Gov. Chris Christie, foreground, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, right, attend a news conference at the White House on September 27, 2020.

  • Giuliani was incensed at Christie criticizing the Trump legal team on TV, per a forthcoming book.
  • “We’re friends. What are you doing?” Giuliani reportedly asked the former governor.
  • Christie reportedly went on to question Giuliani about the damage he was causing to his reputation.
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Last November, former Gov. Chris Christie made on appearance on ABC’s “This Week” where he proceeded to blast then-President Donald Trump’s legal efforts to contest the 2020 election.

“The president has had an opportunity to access the courts,” the New Jersey Republican said at the time. “If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it. What’s happened here is quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Even for Christie, who is known for his blunt talk, the comments were notable since he was considered to be an ally of the Trump White House.

Rudy Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, saw the interview and felt “as if he had been stabbed in the back,” according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

Giuliani proceeded to call Christie, with whom he had maintained a decadeslong friendship.

Leonnig and Rucker detailed the tense phone conversation in “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

According to the book, Giuliani was incensed at Christie, asking him why he would make such comments on television.

“We’re friends. What are you doing?” Giuliani reportedly asked the former governor.

Christie responded: “Rudy, this is ridiculous. You need to stop.”

Giuliani then told Christie that he would be “embarrassed” once the evidence of a tainted election was revealed to the public, according to the book.

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Christie went on to explain his earlier comments and questioned Giuliani on why he would damage his reputation.

“I don’t like to call the legal team ‘a national embarrassment’ on television. But it is,” Christie said. “You’re hanging out with Sidney Powell. Are you kidding me? She’s f—ing nuts. What’s what with you. You were the mayor. You were one of the true national leadership heroes in the last half of the twentieth century. What are you doing?”

Giuliani was less than impressed with Christie’s worldview, per the book.

“F— legacy,” Giuliani reportedly responded. “Legacy is what happens when you’re in the ground. I’m fighting for today.”

The former New York City mayor then reportedly invited Christie to become a part of the Trump legal team.

“Stop complaining and shooting off your mouth on TV,” Giuliani said. “Join the legal team and make a difference.”

Christie responded: “You’re kidding me, right? No, thank you. I’ll pass.”

According to the book, the two Republicans “ended the call on bitter terms.”

Giuliani, speaking through a spokesperson to the authors of the book, denied that the conversation between the two men occurred.

The Trump campaign went on to file over 40 campaign lawsuits, and none of them were remotely successful at changing the outcome of the presidential election, which President Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes.

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Trump blamed getting COVID on Chris Christie and ‘tried to duck’ from his ‘spittle’ during debate prep, book says

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Chris Christie, left, and Donald Trump.

  • Trump was “convinced” that Chris Christie gave him COVID-19, according to a new book.
  • Trump had “seen the spittle” come out of Christie’s mouth and “tried to duck from the droplets.”
  • It’s unclear how Trump contracted the disease.
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Former President Donald Trump believed that he contracted COVID-19 last October from ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff.

Shortly before Trump announced he tested positive coronavirus on October 2, he worked with Christie to prepare for the September 29 presidential debate against Joe Biden.

Trump, a self-described germaphobe, had “seen the spittle” come out of Christie’s mouth and “tried to duck from the droplets” as they sat across from each other at practice debate sessions, Wolff wrote in his book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.”

Trump later blamed his exposure to COVID-19 on Christie, who tested positive around the same time as him and battled the virus for a week in the ICU.

It’s unclear exactly how the virus spread to Trump. But he was furious with Christie following a final debate session in which Christie had assumed the role of Biden and attacked Trump, according to the book.

“You have blood on your hands,” Christie reportedly told Trump. “You’re a complete failure. All these people have died from the virus. And it’s your fault.”

Christie, still playing Biden, also pointed out that Trump had criticized Biden’s son, Hunter, while his own family was “full of problems,” the book said.

Trump became “clearly agitated” at the practice strategy and had his “arms tightly crossed,” Wolff wrote. He said that Christie attacked him “like he meant it,” per the book.

Whether or not Christie gave coronavirus to Trump, the former president was “convinced” that he did, Wolff wrote.

The pair’s relationship eventually fell apart. After their bouts with COVID-19, Christie went on to criticize Trump’s handling of the pandemic in the country.

Christie told the New York Times last October that he was “wrong” to have trusted the White House grounds was a “safe zone” and that he should have worn a mask.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirms he’s mulling a 2024 presidential bid and won’t ‘defer’ to Trump

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Chris Christie.

  • Chris Christie confirmed on the “Ruthless” podcast that he’s weighing a 2024 presidential run.
  • The former New Jersey governor said he doesn’t plan to “defer” to Trump when making a decision.
  • Axios first reported in late April that Christie was considering a 2024 bid.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed this week that he’s toying with the idea of running for president in the 2024 Republican primary, adding that his decision will not depend on former President Donald Trump’s next move.

“I’m also not going to be one of these people who’s going to say, ‘Well, I’ll wait to see what President Trump’s going to do.’ I’m not going to defer to anyone if I decide that’s what I want to do and that I think I’m the best option for the party and for the country,” Christie told the “Ruthless” podcast in an interview that aired on Monday. “I think if you say you’re deferring to someone, that’s a sign of both weakness and indecision, and we’ve already got that in the White House.”

Christie’s comments could be seen as a dig at Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and US Ambassador to the UN, who said she won’t run for president if Trump does and will “have to talk to him about it.”

The former federal prosecutor said he plans to wait until after the 2022 midterms to make a final call.

“For me, what I want to do is to try to lead the party in a productive and smart way, for us to continue to argue for populist-type policies but not to be reckless with our policies, not to be reckless with our language,” Christie said on the podcast, noting that some of the “recklessness of the past four years” has cost the GOP suburban voters.

Axios first reported in late April that Christie was considering a 2024 bid for the Republican nomination.

Despite his admittedly complicated with Trump, Christie told Fox News in early May that he would give the Trump presidency as a whole an A grade.

“The fact of the matter is that there were some things that happened specifically at the end of the presidency that I think had some things that clouded his accomplishments, and that’s why we as a party need to emphasize the issues you just talked about,” Christie told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Christie sat out the 2012 presidential primary and unsuccessfully ran in the crowded 2016 GOP primary field, losing to Trump, who edged out Christie as the tri-state area candidate with a tough-as-nails reputation.

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Sources close to Christie told Axios that the former governor believes he could carve out a unique lane as the sole candidate who has both held statewide executive office and previously run for president, an edge he thinks he could hold over rising star Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

DeSantis, who ran for governor in 2018 as an explicitly pro-Trump candidate, has attracted a flurry of positive news coverage for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and is generating buzz among GOP donors, who reportedly see him as a “nicer” version of Trump.

Trump told Fox News in April that he is “very seriously” considering another presidential bid in 2024. But, if he decides against that, other possible frontrunners besides DeSantis and Haley include former Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, and Tom Cotton, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Still, the makeup of the GOP base has seen a marked change since Christie was in office. There are now fewer white, college-educated, suburban voters who elected Christie to the governorship in New Jersey. In their place are more non-college-educated voters and, in 2020, more Latino voters. So Christie could struggle to gain traction in a primary field dominated by Trump loyalists.

During Trump’s presidency, Christie served as an on-air contributor at ABC News, and was most critical of Trumpworld towards the end of the Trump administration.

Christie tested positive for COVID-19 after assisting the Trump campaign with debate prep in fall 2020. His bout with the disease landed him in the hospital and led him to openly plead with Americans to take the pandemic seriously and wear masks, at odds with the Trump White House’s consistent downplaying of the pandemic.

The former governor also spoke out against the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the courts, calling a last-ditch lawsuit in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn four states’ election results “an absurdity” and Trump’s legal team “a national embarrassment.”

This story has been updated.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is considering a run for president in 2024, report says

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Chris Christie.

  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is weighing a 2024 presidential bid, Axios reports.
  • Christie unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, losing to former President Donald Trump.
  • In 2024, Christie could face a tough road to victory in a field filled with Trump loyalists.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is considering a run for president in the 2024 Republican primary, Axios reported on Wednesday.

Christie sat out the 2012 presidential primary and unsuccessfully ran in the crowded 2016 GOP primary field, losing to former President Donald Trump, who edged out Christie as the tri-state area candidate with a tough-as-nails reputation.

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Sources close to Christie told Axios that the former governor and federal prosecutor believes he could carve out a unique lane as the sole candidate who has both held statewide executive office and previously run for president, an edge he thinks he could hold over rising star Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

DeSantis, who ran for governor in 2018 as an explicitly pro-Trump candidate, has attracted a flurry of positive news coverage for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and is generating buzz among GOP donors, who reportedly see him as a “nicer” version of Trump.

Trump told Fox News on Monday that he is “very seriously” considering another presidential bid in 2024. But, if he decides against that, other possible frontrunners besides DeSantis include former Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, and Tom Cotton, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former US Ambassador to the UN and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Still, the makeup of the GOP base has seen a marked change since Christie was in office. There are now fewer white, college-educated, suburban voters who elected Christie to the governorship in New Jersey. In their place are more non-college educated voters and, in 2020, more Latino voters. So Christie could struggle to gain traction in a primary field dominated by Trump loyalists.

During Trump’s presidency, Christie served as an on-air contributor at ABC News, and was most critical of Trumpworld towards the end of the Trump administration.

Christie tested positive for COVID-19 after assisting the Trump campaign with debate prep in fall 2020. His bout with the disease landed him in the hospital and led him to openly plead with Americans to take the pandemic seriously and wear masks, at odds with the Trump White House’s consistent downplaying of the pandemic.

The former governor also spoke out against the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the courts, calling a last-ditch lawsuit in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn four states’ election results “an absurdity” and Trump’s legal team “a national embarrassment.”

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Chris Christie criticizes the Trump campaign’s legal approach as ‘an absurdity’

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Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump’s legal team, calling their approach to overturn the election results “an absurdity.”
  • “It’s an absurd idea to think that any state, or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state’s right to run the election as they see fit,” he said. 
  • In an unsigned order issued on December 11, the Supreme Court declined to hear the GOP-backed lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton due to lack of standing.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump’s legal team, calling their approach to overturn the election results “an absurdity.”

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” the Republican questioned the efforts of Republicans who are contesting the election results and President-elect Joe Biden’s win without providing concrete evidence of widespread fraud in court.

“Listen, the legal theory put forward by his legal team and by the president is an absurdity,” Christie said. “The reason why the Supreme Court didn’t take it is because it’s an absurd idea to think that any state, or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state’s right to run the election as they see fit. And also there’s no evidence.”

In an unsigned order issued on December 11, the Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton due to lack of standing. In addition to Paxton, 17 state attorneys general and 126 Congressional Republicans had signed an amicus brief backing the lawsuit.

Host Martha Raddatz asked Christie how the Republican Party would move forward.

“People are going to have to stand up and start to say these things,” he said, “I mean, you know, the fact is in Georgia, and people should know this, that signature verification, which the president continues to tweet about, has been done twice in this election,” Christie said.

The former governor is referring to Trump’s debunked claims that ballot signatures were not verified by election officials in Georgia, a state where he lost to Biden by a little over 12,000 votes. The president has maintained that he won the state, despite the recertified results officiating Biden’s win.

Christie added: “The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage. It’s for the same reason that every court has thrown this out. It’s a lack of evidence and a lack of any type of legal theory that makes any sense.”

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