WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had better be hungry: He’s got a lot of harsh words to eat about Donald Trump now that he’s endorsed the billionaire.
Trump, in turn, has some tough things about Christie to start walking back now that the two men are suddenly allies instead of antagonists in the Republican presidential race.
Christie endorsed Trump on Friday, calling him “the person who will go to Washington, D.C., and be able to absolutely turn the place around.”
Trump, for his part, said of Christie: “He’s been my friend for many years. He’s been a spectacular governor. He’s been just a wonderful person and a wonderful, loyal person, done a really good job.”
Before the two reached this moment of mutual adoration, though, they had flung plenty of tough judgments at one another. A sampling:
CHRISTIE ON TRUMP:
WRONG TEMPERAMENT: “Donald’s a great guy and a good person, but I just don’t think he’s suited to be president of the United States. I don’t think his temperament is suited for that and I don’t think his experience is. He’s got great experiences in doing things in business, but … if he doesn’t get what he wants from (then-House Speaker) John Boehner, he can’t fire him. ” — On Fox News in August.
PAJAMA MAN: “He sits in his jammies in Trump Tower and phones in. You guys don’t let any of the rest of us do that.” — To Sean Hannity, after Trump announced he would skip a January Fox News debate. Christie also drew a pointed contrast to Trump in saying he didn’t “whine and moan and complain and walk away” after he was relegated to an earlier undercard debate.
MUSLIM BAN: SAY WHAT?: “This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about. We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we.” On Michael Medved’s radio show in December, after Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
A REAL CHARACTER: “Showtime is over. It’s time to pick a president. We’re not picking a legislator-in-chief. We’re not picking an entertainer-in-chief. We’re not casting a TV show. This is real.” —During a December visit to New Hampshire, during which he also labeled Trump “a real character.”
TRUMP ON CHRISTIE:
A BRIDGE TOO FAR: “Here is the story: The George Washington Bridge, he knew about it.” — Addressing Christie’s role in the bridge scandal, speaking in New Hampshire in December. Two of Christie’s former aides have been charged with closing two lanes of the bridge to tie up traffic as political payback. Christie has denied any knowledge, and a state-financed investigation cleared him. Trump added that Christie “can’t win because of his past.”
A CHILD: “It was unbelievable. He was like a little boy: ‘Oh, I’m with the president.'” Mocking Christie’s enthusiastic welcome of President Barack Obama to New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. Trump, speaking in New Hampshire in December, said Christie acted like a “little child.”
NO HELP: Christie’s appearance with Obama cost 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney “a lot of votes.” — Trump in New Hampshire in December.
CREDIT CRUNCH: Trump has also swiped at Christie for New Jersey’s nine credit downgrades on the governor’s watch.
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