Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a CNN Republican presidential town hall about former President Donald Trump’s denial of the 2020 presidential election results. #CNN #News
I want you to meet James class. He’s a college student from Midland Park, New Jersey. He’s currently the vice president of his college Republican Club. He said he’s currently supporting the V.A.. I’m swimming. James, welcome. What college? By the college. I’m sure you’ve made it clear
You do not believe that the 2020 election was rigged against former President Trump. What is your message? To the people in the Republican Party that still believe the election was stolen? Well, my my message to them is just show me the evidence. It’s the same thing. That I said to Donald Trump
In the aftermath of the 20, 20 election was show me the evidence. If I see the evidence, I’m happy to support fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and beyond. But there’s no evidence. And so I’m sorry. All these conspiracy theories, you know, he still talks about,
Oh, they’re bringing boxes of ballots into, you know, Fulton County, Georgia. No matter how many times we explain to him if that’s the way they do it, the ballots get collected at the local places in full county and then the boxes get brought to the central place to be counted.
So, of course, all night boxes of ballots are being brought in. But people see little clips on the Internet of video ever. And he’s saying it to me, this is the most destructive thing he’s done. People want to believe the president, United States. Right. And even when it’s a president
That I don’t agree with, it’s Jason. Right. James. Sorry, James. James, even when it’s a president we don’t agree with, if it’s something really important, we want to believe them because we also want to believe that they know stuff that we don’t know. And so if they’re telling us something and that’s
When it was over for me with Donald when he stood behind the seal, the president in the East Room of the White House at two 30 in the morning on election morning and said the election was stolen. Now, let me tell you something, everybody. If it had been, which it wasn’t,
He’d have no damn idea at that point. Although voted him in counted yet. Governor Chris, let me actually just play that moment, because you’ve talked about this moment as being the critical moment for you. And I want to play it to remind our viewers this is a fraud on the American public.
This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. It’s it’s a very sad it’s a very sad moment. To me, this is a very sad moment. And we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won.
So that was the East Room of the White House. What about that moment changed it for you? All right. Look how many how many people out here, our parents. Can you raise your hand all right. Look, that’s like when your kid comes home from school with a bad grade and you’re like, well,
How did this happen? The teacher’s unfair. The test was rigged. It was none of the stuff that she told us to study. And and and and the guy next to me was talking the entire time and distracting me. And that’s why I did bad on the test. That is a child
It’s a child. That’s a child’s reaction. Everybody every parent out there recognizes it, knows it. We were about to win what? You were winning for a time in certain states. Why? Because some states counted the machine votes first. And those generally tended to be for Republicans. Other states like Ohio,
He was losing in the beginning. He’s not complaining about the Ohio result, though, is he? He was losing for 4 hours in Ohio because they counted the mail-in ballots first. Then they count the machine ballots. And he won Ohio by like eight points. It’s a child’s reaction.
And I just I beg you to think about this Don’t allow the showmanship to obscure the facts. The facts are he lost to Joe Biden and he lost to Joe Biden, in my opinion, because he lost independent voters and he lost independent voters because they took a chance on him in 2016
Because they didn’t like Hillary Clinton. I’m all for that. But guess what? They wanted to see performance Say one quick story, Anderson. Mary Pat and I sat with him on Valentine’s Day. 20, 17 and had lunch with him in the dining room off of the Oval Office. And he said to me,
What’s your political advice for me? And I said, Mr. President, you didn’t win the election. She lost it. She blew it. But it doesn’t matter, because look where we’re sitting. You’re the president. So now make the next four years about the country. And if you make the next four years about the country,
You’re going to get reelected in a landslide. Make it about them, not about you. And if you do that, you’re going to win. And he looked at me and you’ll remember this. He shook his head. He goes. Chris, you worry too much. I think I was worried just enough.
I want you to meet Christine. Gloria. She’s a student at Harvard Law School, work in New York City. She’s a Republican and says she’s currently supporting Governor DeSantis. Christie, welcome. Hi, Governor Christie. Hey there. My question, is President Trump significantly increased tariffs on Chinese goods? President Biden has mostly kept
These tariffs in place. Would you reduce, maintain or increase tariffs on China if you were elected president? I would make it part of an overall negotiation to reset our relationship with China. We need to make the Chinese understand that, like the party’s over. For the last 50 years,
We have been investing in China to try to bring them into the community of nations and to try to make them better because we thought it would make us better, too. And in some ways it has. We have great trade with China over a long period of time, and by great
I mean a large volume of it. But the Chinese have taken advantage of our good nature Stealing our intellectual property, spying on us, causing trouble around the world. Unfair trade deals and it’s time for them to stop now. They’re no longer a fledgling economy. The second largest economy in the world
And inching up on us. And so what I would do on tariffs would be to say, look, they don’t like those tariffs. And those tariffs also increase prices for some of us. Right. But we’re not going to get rid of that stuff until they decide to be fair on those other things.
You come up with a great idea. Intellectual property. You should be able to own that. And if they want to use it, they pay you for it. That’s stealing from you. Tick tock is here in this country. We let them in. Facebook and Twitter are not in China. They want Facebook.
They’re going to get Facebook, Twitter and our social media into China. On the tick tock. Say they don’t tick tock goes the Christie administration. They need to understand that we will be fair, but we won’t be chumps. And so I don’t want to give that away.
On the CNN town hall in June of 2023, I want to use it as a card that we can negotiate with going forward smartly. So that we we write this relationship because if we don’t write this relationship, it will be the relationship that defines the world for the next 50 years.
And I’d rather have to have that be a prosperous, fair, competitive relationship rather than a relationship that involves warfare.