Chris Christie Rips Nikki Haley On Hot Mic: ‘She’s Going To Get Smoked,’ ‘She’s Not Up To This’
Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (L) and former Governor from South Carolina and UN ambassador Nikki Haley speak during a break in the fourth Republican presidential primary debate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on December 6, 2023.
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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during a hot mic moment on Wednesday, saying that he believes she is going to get “smoked” in the Republican Party primary race.

The moment came right before Christie told supporters in Windham, New Hampshire, that he was suspending his campaign for president.

“I mean, look, she spent $68 million so far, just on TV. Spent $68 million so far, $59 million by DeSantis. And we spent 12,” Christie said on the hot mic. “I mean, who’s punching above their weight and who’s getting a return on their investment, you know? And she’s going to get smoked. And you and I both know it. She’s not up to this.”

Christie then said that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called him and that DeSantis was “petrified” about something, at which point the hot mic gets cut off.

DeSantis responded to the hot mic moment by posting on X: “I agree with Christie that Nikki Haley is ‘going to get smoked.'”

During his announcement that he was suspending his campaign, Christie also appeared to take a shot at Haley, saying that anyone who refuses to say that Trump is unfit for office was unfit themselves to hold the nation’s highest office. Christie criticized Haley last month for saying that Trump was fit to be president, saying she should “be ashamed of herself.”


NBC News reported that DeSantis called Christie and told him regardless of what he decided to do in the race, he appreciated his role.

Reporter Dasha Burns said that Christie criticized Haley during the call with DeSantis, “calling her a joke, saying she’s performed terribly and she’s not up to the task.”

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