Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), who’s in the running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, expressed deep concern for former President Donald Trump’s mental well-being during a recent segment on Newsmax TV’s “The Balance.”
Eric Bolling, the host, highlighted how Trump had recently criticized Christie in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. Bolling noted, “I believe he referred to you as a ‘crazy lunatic.'”
Christie responded, “It’s unfortunate to hear Donald speak like that. It’s surprising, considering he thought highly of me in 2018 when he wanted me as the White House chief of staff. Or back in 2016 when he appointed me as the head of his transition. Or even in 2017, when he entrusted me to chair his opioid commission. Moreover, he also wanted me as the Secretary of Homeland Security and later as Secretary of Labor.”
Christie pointed out his unwavering support for the former president during the 2016 and 2020 elections and his assistance in Trump’s debate preparations against Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
“How could this have transpired if I was inept and unhinged?” Christie pondered. “It’s disheartening to witness. His immense pressure and stress might be influencing these remarks, and it deeply concerns me about his mental well-being.”
Though Christie was once a staunch ally of Trump, the dynamics of their relationship shifted negatively after the 2020 presidential election.
He went on, “While I have reservations about some of Trump’s actions post the 2020 election and feel some of his actions weren’t fitting of the presidential office, it’s perplexing to hear him belittle someone who stood by his side in 2016, helped him prepare for the Clinton debates, supported him in 2020, and again, aided him in getting ready for the Biden debates. How could that have transpired if I was truly inept and unhinged?”
Concluding his thoughts, Christie remarked, “It’s truly disheartening. It seems the pressure and stress are getting to him, and such comments make me genuinely worried about his mental state.”