President Donald Trump on Wednesday needled Chris Christie as he praised the New Jersey governor for his early endorsement, joking that Christie’s support was less than whole-hearted.
Trump, who sat next to Christie at the meeting in the White House about battling opioid addiction, gave credit to the governor for being “an immediate endorser, once he got out of the race.”
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But then he cracked, “He liked himself more than he liked me, but other than that."
“Still do, sir, but that’s all right,” Christie quipped in response.
“Other than that, he’s been great,” Trump continued to some laughter. “And he’s a very effective guy, I will tell you. To have you working on this.”
Trump also praised Christie, who has joined the White House effort to address the opioid crisis, for a standout moment during the Republican primary campaign, when the governor gave a well-received speech about drug addiction.
“And a great moment, actually, if people remember, was you talking about your friend,” Trump said. “That was probably your greatest moment during the campaign for president, and it showed how much you knew about this issue, so thank you very much.”