‘I Made a Mistake’: Chris Christie’s New Ad Says He Was “Wrong” About Donald Trump in 2016

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has released a campaign ad responding to calls for him to drop out of the GOP presidential primary, saying he is the only candidate willing to publicly call out what many Republicans privately accuse Donald Trump of.

Christie’s 2016 regrets

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“I have an admission to make: Eight years ago, when I decided to endorse Donald Trump for president, I did it because he was winning. And I did it because I thought I could make him a better candidate and a better president,” Christie says in the minute-long clip.

A former governor admits error

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“Well, I was wrong. I made a mistake.” “And now, we’re confronted with the very same choice again,” Christie added, citing Trump’s lead in the polls.

Focusing on the Granite State

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The former governor released the ad to be played in New Hampshire weeks before the first-in-the nation primary began. Christie has campaigned heavily in the Granite State before its January 23 contest.

Trump, the divider

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In response to calls to drop out because he prevents the consolidation of new Trump voters, Christie responded, “Really? I’m the only one saying Donald Trump is a liar. He pits Americans against each other.”

Strange Christmas message

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Christie pointed to Trump’s Christmas message to his enemies, who are “looking to destroy our once great USA. MAY THEY ROT IN HELL.” In response, the former governor said the former president was threatening America.

Trump before America

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“He caused the riot on Capitol Hill; he’ll burn America to the ground to help himself,” Christie said, referencing Trump’s incitement of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Christie’s vocal criticism

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Christie is an outspoken critic of the former president and aims to be the top Trump alternative in the race, calling out the former president for skipping GOP debates and warning of a second Trump term.

No Trump pardon if Christie wins

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He’s also consistently denied that he would pardon Trump if he were criminally convicted, as the former president campaigns amid 91 felony counts across four criminal cases.

Poor polling performance

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But Christie is lagging in the polls, where Trump leads his closest challenger, Ron DeSantis, by double-digits. Current polling shows him trailing his rivals, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

US soul for sale

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Despite his poor polling numbers, Christie’s team has said he’s in it for the long haul, with the outspoken former governor warning, “Donald Trump will sell the soul of this country” in the ad video.

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