2024 GOP presidential hopeful and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday night that failed Republican Kentucky gubernatorial nominee Daniel Cameron made a “huge mistake” by associating himself with former President Trump and accepting his endorsement in the race.
“Daniel Cameron made a huge mistake by embracing Donald Trump and selling his soul to him. And that’s what he did,” Christie said on CNN after Cameron’s projected loss. “And the voters of Kentucky, a very red state, as you noted, gave their verdict on politicians who sell their soul to Donald Trump.”
Cameron, who had been seen as a growing presence in the GOP, lost his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear. Cameron was endorsed by Trump in both the GOP primary and the general election.
“Daniel Cameron was a rising star in the Republican Party until he decided to throw his lot in with Donald Trump,” Christie said. “I mean, let’s face it: Donald Trump is political and electoral poison down ballot.”
Christie, who is running against Trump in the 2024 GOP primary, is one of the former president’s most prominent Republican critics.
“Down ballot, his endorsement has led to Republican defeats in the House — in the Senate, rather, and the House in ‘18. In ‘20, we lost the United States Senate and the White House. In ‘22, we underperformed miserably,” Christie said. “And tonight, you’re seeing us lose again.”
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