GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is targeting fellow Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, criticizing the governor for spending too much time in New Hampshire.
“How is Chris Christie running the state of NJ, which is deeply troubled, when he is spending all of his time in NH?” Trump asked on Twitter this morning. “New Jerseyans not happy!”
Christie received the endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board over the weekend and has spent more than 50 days in the state, conducting some 30 town hall meetings.
That marks an important switch for Trump, who has largely remained friendly towards the New Jersey governor, as they have a previous relationship. After Christie was excluded from the main debate stage on Fox Business, Trump tweeted his support for Christie.
“I think it would be a good idea—and fair—to include Chis Christie and Mike Huckabee in the debate,” he wrote on Twitter. “Both solid and good guys.”
Earlier this month, Trump even hinted that Christie might make a good running mate on his presidential ticket.
Christie has also been careful not to attack Trump, cautioning that all presidential candidates had to be responsible for the words that they used.
“Listen, Donald Trump’s got to decide, as we’ve seen, I’ve said this all along. He’s got to decide how serious a candidate he wants to be and how he handles different problems like this are going to determine that in the eyes of the American people,” Christie said in September when asked about Trump.
Christie has talked about his personal relationship with Trump on the campaign trail, calling him “exhausting.”
“Mary Pat and I have been friends with Donald Trump for 13 years,” Christie said during a campaign event in Iowa. “We’ve socialized with him. Donald’s a generous guy and a nice guy, and what you see on TV, by the way, is exactly what you get.”