Chris Christie claims Ron DeSantis ‘sounds like a really angry guy’
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Christie DeSantis
'He's squinting his eyes all the time and pissed about something.'

Is Florida’s Governor nice enough? One 2024 Republican opponent thinks Ron DeSantis always sounds “pissed” about something.

During an interview that aired Friday on WMUR’s “Conversation with the candidate,” former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie depicted DeSantis as consumed by anger and unable to heal the divide nationally as a result.

“He sounds like a really angry guy. He’s squinting his eyes all the time and pissed about something, you know, so I’m skeptical, right. I’m skeptical that somebody who’s that angry cares about healing the divide or has the ability to do it,” Christie said.

The attack on DeSantis is the latest sign that Christie sees DeSantis as an easy target.

During an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report”, Christie flexed on the Florida Governor.

“Our momentum is going the right way. Gov. DeSantis is going in the wrong direction. And so our first job is to get past Gov. DeSantis here in New Hampshire, we’ve now caught him. Now we need to pass him and then we’re going to take on Donald Trump one-on-one.”

Polls support Christie’s claim that second place is in play.

A survey conducted by the Manhattan Institute last month showed just 2 points separate the Florida Governor and the former New Jersey Governor, with both men in low double digits. DeSantis stood at just 13%, 2 points up on Christie’s 11%

A July survey commissioned by American Greatness and conducted by National Research Inc., showed DeSantis with 11% support, 30 points behind Trump and just 3 points up on Christie and Scott.

The American Pulse survey conducted between July 5 and July 11 showed Trump with 48% and DeSantis with 10.5%, just 0.5 points above Christie’s 10%.

Christie has attacked DeSantis consistently on a number of issues.

During a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto, the former New Jersey Governor pilloried DeSantis’ defense of the state’s 216-page set of guidelines governing classroom instruction on Black history, which includes language claiming slavery benefited the enslaved.

“I think that what they’ve done is wrong and worse yet, what I really criticized Gov. DeSantis for was when he said, ‘I didn’t have anything to do with it and I didn’t know anything about it,’” Christie said. “Well, that’s not leadership. You know, that’s looking out at what’s going on in your state and saying you’re not responsible when you’re the Governor.”

During a CNN interview in late June, Christie mocked DeSantis’ fumbling response to a question about Jan. 6.

“He wasn’t anywhere near Washington. Did he have a TV? Was he alive that day? Did he see what was going on? I mean, that’s one of the most ridiculous answers I’ve heard in this race so far. You don’t have an opinion about Jan. 6 except to say I didn’t particularly enjoy what happened?” Christie told Kaitlan Collins.

“We had people trying to hunt down the Vice President of the United States, chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ and Donald Trump the entire time sat outside the Oval Office, that little dining room of his, eating a well-done cheeseburger and watching TV and doing nothing to stop what was going on until it got to the point where even he could no longer stand it. … And Ron DeSantis doesn’t have any opinion on that?”

Overall, Christie has taken issue with DeSantis’ lack of message discipline and focus on niche issues as a candidate.

“What I would say is that, I think Gov. DeSantis spends a great deal of time on things in this presidential campaign, which I don’t think are the most important issues in America,” Christie said Thursday on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


17 comments

  • M. Mouse

    August 12, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Yup! That’s our little mad man to a tee!
    Squeak!

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  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 11:58 am

    The Angŕy Pipsqueak.
    As a wag here has dubbed him.

  • Michael K

    August 12, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Yep. Ron is white grievance to the max – with no substance or humanity. Spewing hate and vitriol – against fellow Americans.

  • PeterH

    August 12, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Chris …. DeSantis thought he was going to simply assume king Klown. He’s pissed it’s not happening and he’s burning bridges behind him.

  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    DeSSpicable’s campaigning sounds like barstool conversations at a redneck dìve.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 12, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    He is a very angry little guy. I am starting to wonder whether Rhonda might become the USA’s first mass shooter who was a Presidential Primary sort-of candidate. Florida should take his gun(s) away before he hurts someone other than himself (seeing as how he hurts himself every single time he opens his Kermit the Frog mouth)

  • tom palmer

    August 12, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    He does seem to channel all of whinypants right-wing folks who are always upset about something not going their way in the world. It really is something to behold.
    .

  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Pudgy, dwarfish, mentally disturbed (pro-abuse), sociopathic (slavery excusèr) DirtSSantis. How could he not be a Republican?

  • Tropical

    August 12, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    That’s only one of the many problems he has.
    Thank you for term-limits!

  • My Take

    August 13, 2023 at 10:15 am

    What Florida is in for from defeated DeSSpicabè has some distìnctly unpleasant possibilities.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    August 13, 2023 at 11:02 am

    As angry as you were when you closed the bridge and caused havoc in NJ? And the usual far left frothers rant crazily.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 14, 2023 at 12:26 pm

      Newsflash for “Greenbarg:” Chris Christie is a GOP guy.

      The GOP is who closed (a couple lanes on) the bridge and caused traffic in NJ.

      And yes, DeSantis is angry like that, but on much a bigger scale, and angry at everybody.

  • Kamwick

    August 13, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Christie is the only candidate telling the truth about Trump and MiniMe’s GOP.

    Sure hope the GOP allows debates, just to hear the grilling from Christie.

  • My Take

    August 13, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    One (or more) of Trump’s GOPer rivals needs ro start mentioning “PRISON !” That would pleasantly set Trump aflame

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 14, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      Today’s GOPs cannot handle one single TV entertainer whose show got cancelled years ago.

      How could anyone ever trust any of these GOPs to handle the USA and world events?

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 14, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Omg I give thanks for Chris Christie and Georgia politicians! Vote common good

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