Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dinged former President Donald Trump for Herschel Walker’s defeat Tuesday in Georgia’s Senate runoff.
“We all remember in 2016, he said, if he got elected, there was going to be so much winning and winning and winning and winning, they’d get sick of winning,” Christie said Sunday during a panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week.” “None of us knew at the time he was actually talking about the Democrats.”
Walker, a former University of Georgia football superstar, was defeated Tuesday by Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in Georgia’s Senate runoff. Going into the 2022 election cycle, Georgia had been seen as one of the Senate seats Republicans were most likely to pick up in the midterms.
Christie noted that Walker was the only Republican running statewide in Georgia to lose this year.
“Herschel Walker is his creation,” Christie said of Trump. “And so he’s got to own the fact that Herschel Walker so vastly underperformed.”
Christie, who served as New Jersey’s governor for two terms, was one of the Republican presidential contenders whom Trump defeated on his way to the GOP nomination in 2016. Christie subsequently endorsed Trump and worked on his transition after he was elected, but has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent years.
Christie said Walker simply wasn’t a good candidate.
“Bad candidates lose,” he said. “Good candidates have a chance to win.”