Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could barely speak at the Florida Freedom Summit on Saturday due to massive boos from the crowd.
At one point, Christie even attempted to negotiate with the audience, who continued to boo him.
It’s no surprise Christie continues to poll within the margin of error, near zero, in the GOP primary.
Chris Christie is getting mercilessly booed at the Florida Freedom Summit. pic.twitter.com/7rjB6mq76U— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 4, 2023
As Politico reported:
A combative Chris Christie was loudly booed as soon as he took the stage and throughout his remarks at the Florida Freedom Summit in Kissimmee, as Trump maintains his dominance in the state amid a string of fresh endorsements.
Before the former New Jersey governor had his time at the podium, Asa Hutchinson, the former governor of Arkansas, faced similar jeering when he evoked Trump’s legal troubles.
Christie’s attempt to fend off the crowd was futile and just filled more boos as he challenged audience members’ reactions to his remarks.
“The problem is, you want to shout down any voice that says anything different than what you want to hear. You can continue to do it, and believe me — believe me, it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Christie told the Freedom Summit crowd as the boos continued.
Christie said the country needs a leader that will stand against more spending, while boos in the audience began again.
“You can yell and boo about it as much as you like, but it doesn’t change the truth,” Christie told the audience.
“And the truth is coming. The truth is coming, and all of you need to understand: America needs better than what we’ve had.”
“And it never makes America a better place, whether it’s on a college campus in an Ivy League or whether it’s in an auditorium in Orlando, for us to be booing and shouting down opinions we don’t agree with,” Christie said.
Christie was later approached by Conservative activist Laura Loomer, who slammed him for his comments against Trump and for “supporting the weaponization of government,” The Hill reported.
“The proudest moment of my career is to be opposed like someone like you,” Christie said to her.
Christie later claimed Trump was “too scared to face me like a man,” so he sent Loomer in his place.
Christie also said Loomer told him he “should die of a heart attack,” but he has not shown any evidence for the claim.
Meanwhile, President Trump used the occasion to announce new endorsements, including some Florida delegates who had Ron DeSantis.