‘Get the hell out of the race’: Chris Christie hits Ron DeSantis over debate memo
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‘I don’t need staff to tell me what I think, what I believe in and what I should say.’

If Ron DeSantis is going to run interference for Donald Trump on the Republican presidential debate stage next week, Chris Christie says he should just end his campaign now, endorse the former President and resume his job as Florida’s Governor.

“People are really beginning to wonder what the hell he stands for,” Christie said. “And if what he stands for is defending Donald Trump, then just drop out of the race and endorse him.”

Christie’s comments during a South Miami campaign stop hosted by Miami’s Community News came in response to a leaked memo from the pro-DeSantis super PAC, Never Back Down. The memo, among other things, advised the Governor to “hammer Vivek Ramaswamy in a response” and “defend Donald Trump in absentia in response to a Chris Christie attack.”

“The only way to beat someone is to beat them, and if he thinks he’s going to get on the stage to defend Donald Trump on Wednesday night, then he should do Donald Trump a favor and our party a favor, come back to Tallahassee, endorse Donald Trump and get the hell out of the race,” Christie said.

Ramaswamy has passed DeSantis in some national polls, and Christie displaced him this week for second place in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, the DeSantis campaign has undergone another reset to reverse his declining popularity among the national electorate.

DeSantis’ campaign reboot no doubt includes strategic recalibrations, said Christie, a former federal prosecutor who served as New Jersey’s 55th Governor. But the last thing DeSantis should do during the GOP debate Aug. 23, he said, is work from a script.

Christie all but obliterated Marco Rubio’s presidential chances in 2016, when he called out the U.S. Senator for reciting a “memorized 25-second speech” that his advisers prepared for him.

“If you’re running for President of the United States, are you really going to let some other group of people tell you what to say, script you on a stage, tell you that this is what you should say about this opponent?” he said. “I don’t need some staff to tell me what I think, what I believe and what I should say. Because guess what? If I become President of the United States, you’re going to want to know that I’m the one making the decisions.

“Yes, we all need good advisers around us and smarter people than us to help educate us about things. But (this) is a strategy memo by a group of people who I suspect have never run for a damn thing in their lives … because what the American people want from a President more than anything else is authenticity. You’re not going to agree with me on everything … but (you’ll never have) to wonder what (I) was thinking.”

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Earl Pitts American

    August 18, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Good mornting America,
    Christy is doing exactly what “The Ronald” and I, Earl Pitts American, knew he would do. Honestly America do any of you really think what motivated Christy to make his statements in the above article was really the result of a “leak” from within “The Ronalds” campaign?
    Think about it America, “The Ronald” and I, Earl Pitts American, have always been in charge. There has never been a “leak” ever. We just found the leak rouse as a more reliable method to get our message out in the “Dook 4 Brains Leftist” media.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “America’s Ultimate Political Advisor”, American

    • Joe

      August 18, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      Earl’s over here having a stroke. Rationalizing for Tiny D finally broke his brain.

    • rob stevens

      August 18, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      Do you always steal Gary Burbank’s Intellectual Property?

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      August 18, 2023 at 2:48 pm

      Put a loaded shotgun in your mouth and pull the trigger, pedo.

      We all know what you did. We’ve seen the police report.

  • Michael K

    August 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    The Republican party is dead. All that remains is the cult of Trump.
    No platform, no meaning, no promise, no future – just grift and greed and “alternative facts” more commonly known as lies.

    • PeterH

      August 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

      Excellent analysis!

    • Tom

      August 18, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      Sadly, you’re not wrong but on the other hand, we the people, get exactly what we deserve – desperate old men and worms with aspirations to snakehood.

  • PeterH

    August 18, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Trump and his 29 co criminal defendants in Georgia could potentially face a very very long trial. Considering that the assigned judge has been on the bench for six months and at this juncture none of the 19 are attempting to plea …. This trial of 20 could realistically extend into the 2026 midterms and the 2028 presidential election.

    In other words ….. Trump could be making headlines and losing for an extended period of time!

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 19, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Chris Christie rides in and saves the day! Totally weird!

  • RudiH

    August 19, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Christie is right, get out of the race and stop wasting Florida’s taxpayers dollars on your campaign trail transportation costs.

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