Roger Stone has labeled Governor Chris Christie ‘irresponsible’, as a war of words between the two men escalates.
On Sunday, Christie, a Trump-ally-suddenly-turned-critic suggested that the Mueller inquiry indictment against Stone was ‘pretty damning.’
‘Gov. Christie has not read the four-and-a-half hours of testimony that I gave to the House Intelligence Committee,’ said Stone. ‘Nor does he understand the context of any of the communications cited in my indictment and thus his comments are both highly speculative and irresponsible.’
Christie is a former prosecutor, of course. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Stone has ‘a problem. Because they’ve got all these emails and text messages that he created that tell a pretty clear story.’
Christie happens to have a book out — it’s called Let Me Finish (my plate): Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics. This might explain his sudden appetite for controversy. He has been laying into not just Stone but the Kushner family. He famously prosecuted Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, in 2005 — and now is keen to the world the grisly details of that case. He said that the Kushner senior case was ‘one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted.’
This sounds awfully like sour grapes. In his book, Christie describes the pain of missing out on the vice presidency, which he expected after coming out as one of the first Republican big wigs for Trump. But then he reportedly upset Donald Trump on election night in 2016. Days after Trump’s victory, he was fired from running the transition team. He now accuses Jared Kushner of performing a political ‘hit job’ on him.
Hell hath no fury like a governor scorned — or a governor with a memoir to flog. But in picking on Stone, Christie may discover that he is messing with the wrong PR art. After all, Stone has a history of taking down governors in the Tri-State area: just ask Eliot Spitzer.