Chris Christie Has No Sympathy For Ted Cruz: 'Ted Has Just Not Been A Very Likable Guy'
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Friday that he was not particularly sympathetic to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who was criticized for a trip to Cancun earlier this week, while his home state of Texas suffered from power outages caused by extreme Winter weather were caused.
Christie spoke to host Guy Benson on Fox News Radio about the many memes and photo mashups created from pictures of Cruz at the airport - including one the Texas Senator placed next to Christie on a New Jersey beach.
Playa del Bad Ideas. pic.twitter.com/7EPMS2NFTY
- Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 18, 2021
In 2017, Christie was photographed on the beach after closing all beaches in the state due to a budget crisis, which made him the subject of criticism and numerous memes.
"I have sympathy for anyone in public life with a family that regularly faces such really difficult decisions, and I've seen them a couple of times when I was governor," Christie said after telling Benson he'd seen them had the meme from himself and Cruz. “And I've made mistakes sometimes because I thought more like a father than about the full time job I had. So I understand that. But I will tell you that Ted Cruz is difficult to have sympathy for since Ted was on board in 2017 and made fun of me when I had this incident on the beach. "
Christie speculated that the media "piles up" Cruz because of his gaffe, partly because “the media loves piling up Republicans”, but also because “Ted just wasn't a very personable guy”.
"He's taken every chance in his career to shoot people on both sides of the aisle," said Christie. "So ... if you decide you want to do this, especially on personal matters, a lot of people won't be running in your defense."
For his part, Cruz defended his decision to go to Cancun by claiming he wanted to be a “good father” to his daughters who, because of school dropouts, asked to go on a trip with their friends.
Text messages from Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, seen by the New York Times seem to suggest a great getaway originally planned by the family. The senator returned to Texas Thursday after news of his departure sparked a wave of criticism.
Listen to Christie's remarks below.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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