Chris Christie dings Ron DeSantis over Disney fight: ‘That’s what I thought liberals did’
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Christie DeSantis
‘Where are we headed here now, that if you express disagreement in this country, the government is allowed to punish you?’

Former presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh criticism for Ron DeSantis and his ongoing battle with Disney, calling the Florida Governor’s actions more akin to “what liberals do.”

During an onstage interview with Semafor, Christie said DeSantis, a likely 2024 Republican candidate for President, has weaponized the government to attack businesses like Disney for speaking out against his administration’s policies.

“I’m a conservative, and I believe the job of government is, in the main, to stay out of the business of business,” he said. “I don’t think Ron DeSantis is a conservative based on his actions toward Disney.”

Christie referred to a yearslong fight DeSantis has pursued with Disney stemming from the entertainment behemoth’s opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which restricts public classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.

After Disney spoke out against the measure and announced it would pause political donations in the state, the DeSantis administration worked to seize control of the company’s special taxing district in Central Florida.

Disney has remained one step ahead of DeSantis so far and retains authority over the district.

But DeSantis says it’s far from over. This week, the Governor floated building a prison near Walt Disney World and announced legislation that would allow the state to oversee the theme park’s monorails and rides.

Despite polling showing the fight with Disney is a losing issue for him, DeSantis has nonetheless pursued it.

He should drop it, according to Christie, who described DeSantis’ actions as what liberals typically do.

“Where are we headed here now, that if you express disagreement in this country, the government is allowed to punish you? To me, that’s what I always thought liberals did, and now all of a sudden here we are participating in this with a Republican Governor, he said.

“That’s not the guy I want sitting across from President (Xi) Jinping and negotiating our next agreement with China, or sitting across from (Vladimir) Putin and trying to resolve what’s happening in Ukraine. If you can’t see around a corner that (Disney CEO) Bob Iger created for you … I don’t think that’s very imposing.”

Jesse Scheckner

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  • DeSantis' career is DOA

    April 18, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Big Donors are now pulling their support from Ron DeFascist.

    This Disney thing was an incredibly stupid debacle from the start.
    What an absolute MORON this governor is. Of course big business has been watching this all play out, and there is no way they’re going to support a guy like this.

  • Tallahassee Insider

    April 18, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    There have been rumors and speculation here in Tallahassee that Ron DeSantis is suffering from dementia brought on by untreated syphilis.

    This would certainly explain his unhinged and wild behavior for the last year or so.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 19, 2023 at 8:13 am

      Peopl are saying he caught it from Trump!

  • tom palmer

    April 18, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    It is hard to take Christie’s rap at liberals seriously since he offers no examples.
    My advice to the governor would be “Grow up!”

  • Bwj

    April 18, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    DeSantis got outplayed and had his feelings hurt. I can’t imagine big business isgoing to stand by if DeSantis policy is disagreeable. Should have cut his losses.

  • Beth

    April 18, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    DeSantis is an ignorant immature fool and an embarrassment to the state of Fl. The entire country is laughing at the big buffoon. He has no business in our government at any level. Maybe he can put on his white go go boots and get a job on hee haw.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 19, 2023 at 8:16 am

      Did you hear Marjorie Taylor Green was born as the Hee Haw Donkey? Donkey made a deal with the devil to murder Stringbean and be turned into a real boy. The donkey did murder Stringbean (and Mrs. Stringbean too. Look it up if you’re not familiar. The murderer was never caught. Because it was the donkey. You don’t think donkeys kill? Look that up, too!). The Devil being the trickster he is, turned poor ole Donkey into MTG. The resemblance is uncanny. I think the story is 100% true.

  • Beth

    April 18, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Also a word for Chris Christie- TOLLGATE. How soon we forget.

  • Acid Head Ed 👍

    April 18, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Good to see old school Republicans fighting fascism. Greasy hogs..but antifa nonetheless when times call.

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 18, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    Good evening America,
    Ron asked me, Earl Pitts “Genious Political Advisor” American if we should take advice from a fat @55 RINO slob.
    I, Earl Pitts “Genious Political Advisor” American thought for 1 100th of a second and answered HeII No!!!!
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Billy the Bamboozler

      April 18, 2023 at 10:27 pm

      Good God almighty.. your like a tick on everyone’s balls around here. When boy? When will you write something worth reading?

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 19, 2023 at 8:18 am

        I kind of like EPA’s comments. I feel sure they’re intended as ironic. They’re pretty funny. With today’s warrantless polarization of US citizens against each other, it’s refreshing to read a humorous take.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 19, 2023 at 8:20 am

    I will give credit to (Florida Gov) Rhonda’s Panties where credit is due. A floating prison is a decent idea. You don’t need as many guards or walls when you got alligators.

  • Marconi

    April 19, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Fat Boy Slim just closes bridges in jersey. I will take Gov. Ron over obese boy anyday.

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