Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned that Democrats are in danger of losing more of the “very blue” state due to their impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.
The former Republican presidential candidate noted how the impeachment sham has already flipped one Democratic congressional seat in favor of the GOP and believes more defections will be coming.
“You know what’s happening in blue New Jersey, a very blue state,” Christie told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, citing the recent move by Rep. Jeff Van Drew who announced he was switching parties.
The New Jersey Democrat voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump, disagreeing with the majority of his party which charged the president with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The lawmaker pledged his “undying support” to the president during a meeting at the White House.
“You have my undying support. Always.” @CongressmanJVD says he didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the party left him and praised @realDonaldTrump in their meeting. Trump said he was endorsing Van Drew moving forward. pic.twitter.com/mFdbuZpf1X
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 22, 2019
“Jeff Van Drew switches from Democrat to Republican, from the majority party to the minority party in the middle of impeachment because of impeachment,” Christie told ABC News.
“Andy Kim, who won his seat two years ago, is now losing to Katie Gibbs, his Republican challenger,” he added, referring to the former national security adviser for the White House under President Barack Obama.
“And Tom Malinowski is losing to Tom Kaine Jr., the son of the former governor,” Christie noted, referring to the Democrat who served under the Obama Administration and as a senior director on former President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council.
“You could wind up flipping three seats back in New Jersey two years later in this race, and I think impeachment is a large part of it, at least in New Jersey,” Christie contended.
“Even in a blue state where Donald Trump’s approval ratings are in the high 30s… Three seats in New Jersey, if Republicans win three seats in New Jersey it’s going to be a Republican House,” he asserted.
Ahead of an expected trial in the Senate, Christie has launched the nonprofit Right Direction America group, which is set to unleash a TV and digital advertising offensive this week, according to Politico.
“I really think there has been a lack of attention on the positive things the administration has done for the country and a tremendous amount of attention on the negativity, particularly from groups like Tom Steyer’s impeachment group. And I’ve always tried to get the other part of the story out there to the people, and I was tired of sitting around and waiting for someone else to do it,” Christie said, referring to liberal billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
The group is aiming to win over suburban voters with a focus on states facing key 2020 Senate races such as Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine and North Carolina.
Efforts by Democrats to remove the president from office seem to be backfiring as polls indicate Trump’s popularity has been pushed up amid the attacks.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
In key battleground states, recent polls indicated that Trump’s support has increased instead of being decimated by the Democrats’ plans against him.
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