The former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie had apparently had enough of Democrats beating out his Republican Party, and he solidly puts the blame for such results onto former President Donald Trump.
Once known to be a staunch ally of Trump after choosing to drop out of the 2016 GOP primary contest, Christie has become heavily critical of the former president, and as of this past Sunday in an appearance on TV, he chose to put a new spin on one of Trump’s old promises from his campaign while looking at the current Republican struggles in recent years. The roundtable conversation on “This Week” from ABC News was heavily focused on Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) managing to take down Trump-backed Herschel Walker in the Georgia runoff election that took place last week.
“We all remember, in 2016, he said, if he got elected, there was going to be so much winning and winning and winning and winning, they’d get sick of winning,” stated Christie. “None of us knew at the time he was actually talking about the Democrats were going to do all that winning, not the Republicans. And that’s what he’s wrought.”
Christie stated that this past November during the general election, Gov. Brian Kemp, another Georgia Republican, managed to easily secure his victory over Democratic rival Stacey Abrams with 200,000 votes more than Walker even earned. Unlike Walker, Kemp had not received an endorsement from Trump, who had chosen to support former Sen. David Perdue throughout the Republican primaries. Kemp openly campaigned for Walker in a bid to secure far more support, but it was not enough to get the former NFL superstar into office.
“Bad candidates lose,” stated Christie when speaking of Walker, who he labeled as a “creation” of Trump. “Good candidates have a chance to win. And Herschel Walker was not a good candidate. And, you know, [Walker] wasn’t a good candidate because of a whole variety of issues that we saw that came out during the campaign.”
In what seemed to be an overt test of his expansive political power, Trump chose to back well over 250 different candidates over the course of the 2022 midterm election cycle and saw what seemed to be a success rate of about 82%, as reported by the New York Times. However, the report went on to stress that most of those wins were just from incumbents that were heavily favored to win.