Christie Loses His Cool, Heckled by Florida Voters – ‘I’m Gonna Fall Over Dead’
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie traveled to the Orlando ‘Freedom Summit’ on Saturday, where he received a not-so-warm welcome from Florida voters.
Thousands gathered at the Florida Republican Party’s annual summit, where they had the chance to hear from the 2024 GOP primary field. Voters were excited to hear from big names, including former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but their applause dropped off after Christie took the stage.
Instead, the air filled with boos and jeers, with some voters calling on the New Jersey Republican to “drop out,” while others chanted “Trump.”
“What a shock, you’re for Trump, I’m gonna fall over dead,” Christie remarked, scolding the audience. “Now look, every one of those boos, every one of those catcalls, every one of those yells will not solve one problem we face in this country.”
But Christie quickly lost control of his audience and snapped at the crowd,
“Your anger against the truth is reprehensible. When you think about the problems that our country and this world is facing… this type of pettiness is beneath the process of electing a president,” he said, before telling the crowd that they “fear the truth.”
“The problem is, you want to shout down any voice that says anything different than what you want to hear. And you can continue to do it… believe me, it doesn’t bother me one bit,”
Chris Christie responds to boos and catcalls at GOP Freedom Summit:
"Well now it feels like home. What a shock, you're for Trump. I'm going to fall over dead…Your anger against the truth is reprehensible … This type of pettiness is beneath the process of electing a president" pic.twitter.com/v4WP3HKL54
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 4, 2023
Later on in the summit, Trump took the stage for his address, where he referenced Christie’s disastrous speech. “What’s it all about? He’s just doing it because I didn’t give them a job in the administration,” Trump mocked.
“What’s he doing, and why would I do a debate when Christie–” Trump continued before stopping to point at someone in the audience. “Sir, I’m sorry. He is not a fat pig. Okay. This man… He is not a fat pig. No, it’s true,” he said, pretending to scold his supporter for insulting Christie.
“And you can’t, you can’t use the term fat. You’re allowed to use the word pig, but not fat. No, the man just said he’s a fat pig. And I said, No, he’s not a fat pig! So now the press can’t kill me because all I’m doing is responding. I’m responding. He is not a pig!”
Trump on Christie: Sir I am sorry, he is not fat pig. He is not a fat pig. No, it is true, and you cannot use the term fat. You’re allowed to use the term pig. pic.twitter.com/0mNLuzA318
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 4, 2023
During his remarks, Christie also urged Florida voters to consider down-ballot races when voting in the March primary.
“It might not make any difference to you, but it will make a difference for our chances to attract independent voters in November. It will make a difference for those down ticket races for Congress and Senate, and it will weaken the GOP for decades to come. As a party, we must support the rule of law,”
According to a report by Fox News, the audience booed Christie for more than a minute for his comments. According to that same report, the audience took Christie’s side only once during the evening, when he urged the GOP candidates to stand in support of Israel.
“We should make sure that every candidate running for president makes it very clear to every American and every citizen of the world the United States will stand undivided with the state of Israel, and we will defeat terrorists all around the world,”
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