‘It’s time to stop being afraid’

  • Chris Christie said Republicans shouldn’t be afraid of a person in an apparent reference to Trump.
  • The former New Jersey governor said the Republican party was “losing” because of Trump.
  • Christie has been named as a potential candidate to run against Trump in the 2024 presidential race.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday it was “time to stop being afraid” of anyone in the Republican Party during a speech that also criticized former President Donald Trump.

“It’s time to stop whispering,” Christie told an audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas, according to The Hill. “It is time to stop being afraid of anyone. It is time to stand up for the principles and beliefs on which we have founded this party and this country.”

The comments came after Trump announced Tuesday that he would run for president again in 2024. Christie, or those around him, have hinted several times in the past that he would consider running for president again against Trump.

Despite being an early supporter of Trump after dropping out of the 2016 race, Christie became critical of the former president and distanced himself after Trump began spreading conspiracy theories that he had been “stolen” from the presidential election. 2020.

Christie acknowledged this in his speech, saying he was “faithfully there” for Trump until election night 2020, The Hill reported.

The former governor also spent time criticizing Trump’s political losses. Christie is among the Republicans who have expressed frustration that some Trump-handpicked midterm candidates failed to win their congressional or state races.

“We keep losing and losing and losing. And the fact is that the reason we are losing is because Donald Trump has put himself before everyone else,” Christie said, drawing applause from the audience.

The annual two-day Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas featured trump and other prominent members of the Republican Party, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Some speakers criticized Trump during his speeches, the Associated Press reported.

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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