Former President Trump criticized Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie for performing inadequately in New Hampshire during the 2016 election in a post on his Truth Social platform.
“Sloppy Chris Christie did so poorly in the Great State of New Hampshire in 2016 that immediately after the votes were counted, he dropped out and endorsed me,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.
Christie, who was governor of New Jersey at the time, returned home, according to Trump, “to an approval rating of 9%.”
“New Hampshire doesn’t like that Sloppy RINO Dog, and they don’t like Ron, who is in 5th place, either. MAGA!” he continued.
The former president criticized Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for also leaving his state to campaign.
On Friday, Christie unveiled his inaugural campaign advertisement.
The advertisement’s narrator asserts that the former governor is the sole contender capable of defeating Trump.
Christie has positioned himself thus far in the Republican primary as the candidate most opposed to Trump, whereas the other candidates, aside from Ron DeSantis, have tended to avoid direct criticism of the former president.
Christie has primarily concentrated his campaign endeavors in New Hampshire, aiming for a triumphant showing thereto inspire support from constituents nationwide.
However, his opposition grows and there are growing demands for him to withdraw from the contest.
Next week, Christie will campaign in the state at various town hall meetings, according to an announcement by his campaign team.