Chris Christie announced the end of his 2024 campaign on Wednesday, but not without some final choice words for his two main rivals who are trying to dethrone frontrunner Donald Trump.
Prior to entering the stage one more time, Christie was overheard telling someone what he thought of Haley’s chances to beat Trump in New Hampshire and couldn’t help taking a shot at Ron DeSantis.
The Hill reported:
The hot mic comment from Christie was quickly touted by Trump, the clear GOP frontrunner, as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Each have battled to blunt Haley’s momentum in the race before the Iowa caucuses on Monday and the New Hampshire primary later this month.
“I mean look, she’s spent like $68 million so far, just on TV — spent $68 million so far — $59 million by DeSantis, and we spent $12 [million]. I mean, who’s punching above their weight and who’s getting a return on their investment, you know?” Christie was heard saying in the audio. “And she’s gonna get smoked. And you and I both know it. She’s not up to this.”
It was unclear who Christie was speaking with, but the remarks were heard on a live stream posted by the former New Jersey governor’s campaign shortly before he announced on stage in New Hampshire that he was suspending his presidential bid.
Christie could also be heard on the live stream saying that DeSantis “called me petrified” before the audio later cut out.
Christie’s exit from the race came on the same day that reports revealed the former New Jersey governor had received significant pressure from conservative leaders to drop out.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who once campaigned for Christie, recently encouraged the former New Jersey governor to drop out and endorse Haley.
“A vote for Christie is a wasted vote, I’m still hopeful he’ll get out of the race,” the popular governor told The New Hampshire Journal.
So far, Christie has chosen not to endorse anyone.