- Chris Christie tore into GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in his new memoir and urged his party to condemn her.
- Christie slammed Greene for spreading “reprehensible” conspiracy theories, including QAnon.
- The GOP must reject those who spread lies, said Christie, who won’t rule out supporting Trump in 2024.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tore into Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in his new memoir, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”
Christie slammed Greene for her endorsement of “reprehensible” and “crazy” conspiracy theories like QAnon, which claims that the world is run by a Satanic cabal of pedophiles intent on bringing down the Trump presidency.
He stressed the importance of taking QAnon and the conspiracy movement seriously, writing, “Isn’t it too ridiculous to merit a chapter in a serious book about the future of the GOP? No, it is not. Someone who identifies herself with the Republican Party also identifies herself with QAnon.”
Christie went on to say that it’s incumbent on mainstream Republicans to denounce Greene’s “baseless, factless, absurd, and dangerous” antics. The former New Jersey governor said he singled out Greene because of her long-running association with or endorsement of violent, racist, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
While Christie insists that the Republican Party must reject lies and those who spread them, he won’t rule out supporting former President Donald Trump if he decides to run for reelection in 2024. However, Christie has thoroughly rejected Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” by Democrats.
Greene, for her part, has repeatedly compared the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine push to aspects of Nazi Germany. In 2017, she shared a link indicating the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory was valid; she suggested the September 11 terrorist attacks and school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, were false flag operations; and she implied that a space laser controlled by a Jewish family was responsible for the 2018 California wildfires.
The Georgia congresswoman has also appeared to endorse political violence against other members of Congress. Mother Jones reported that Greene was the moderator of a Facebook group that had posted several memes advocating for executing Democrats. And CNN reported that Greene had expressed online support for assassinating top Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In January 2019, she liked a Facebook comment saying Nancy Pelosi, who had just become the House speaker after Democrats regained control of the chamber, should get a “bullet to the head,” CNN reported. She also reportedly liked other Facebook comments calling for the execution of FBI agents.
The House of Representatives voted in February to strip Greene of her committee assignments in light of media reports detailing her support on social media of violence against lawmakers.
In his memoir, Christie urged members of his party to denounce Greene, writing that “we can’t tolerate people” who make “wild accusations.”
“Just like we can’t align ourselves with violence, corruption, abuse, or racism,” he wrote. “That’s not who we are.”
Christie went on to say that the House’s vote to strip Greene of her committee assignments worked in the congresswoman’s favor because she was “no longer saddled with doing the committee work she’s been elected to do,” and she “got busy just being Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Greene’s office didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.