Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he has little sympathy for Ted Cruz amid the furious backlash over his Cancun trip because the Republican Senator ‘made fun’ of him over his infamous beach pictures
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he has little sympathy for Ted Cruz amid the furious backlash over his Cancun trip because the Republican Senator ‘made fun’ of him over his infamous beach pictures.
Christie was ridiculed in 2017 when images showed him lounging on a beach that was closed during a state shutdown.
The photos resurfaced last week and became one of the many memes mocking Cruz for deciding to flee Texas to Mexico with his family during a historic storm in his state that left millions freezing and without power.
In an interview with Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson on Friday, Christie says the media is piling on Cruz because he has ‘just not been a very likeable guy’.
When asked about the comparisons between his beach photos, he said: ‘Listen, I have I have sympathy for anyone in public life with a family who faces those kind of really difficult decisions on a regular basis, and I face them a couple of times when I was governor,’ he said.
‘And I made mistakes at times because I was thinking more like a father than about the full-time job that I had. So I have sympathy in that.
‘But I will tell you that, you know, it’s hard to have sympathy for Ted Cruz because, you know, Ted was right on board making fun of me back in 2017 when I had that incident on the beach. And that’s why I think you’re seeing piling on.’
Christie was ridiculed in 2017 when images showed him lounging on Island Beach State Park in New Jersey that was closed during a state shutdown
Christie’s beach photos resurfaced last week and became one of the many memes mocking Cruz for deciding to flee Texas to Mexico with his family during a historic storm that left millions freezing and without power
Sen. Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz, 48, and couple’s children Catherine and Caroline were pictured on Friday at the $300-a-night Ritz Carlton resort.
Cruz flew back to Houston 24 hours after he landed in Cancun and admitted his trip was a mistake as he faced intense scrutiny.
‘I started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane, because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our family. That’s something Texans have been doing across the state,’ said Cruz.
In an earlier statement he said he flew to Mexico because his daughters had asked to take a trip and he was trying to be a ‘good dad.’
Cruz carries his luggage back through Cancun International Airport to board his flight back to Houston. The Senator admitted his family trip was a mistake amid furious backlash
‘But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously for the state of Texas and frankly, leaving when so many Texans were hurting didn’t feel right and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight I could take,’ he added.
He also returned to face protesters outside his mansion calling on him to resign.
In their home state, Texans saw electricity bills surge as high as $17,000 after the storms caused a 300-fold surge in demand and 14 million people were struggling to get clean water.
Residents were having to scrape snow off walls to boil water to drink and wash and experts warned the state faces a ‘health catastrophe’.
At least 30 people have died – including a man who froze to death in his recliner and others who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning trying to stay warm.
The casualties in Houston included an 11-year-old Texas boy who died of suspected hypothermia in his family’s mobile home.
Cristian Pavon’s mother found him unresponsive, huddled under a pile of blankets, on Tuesday – after his home in Conroe lost power last weekend as temperatures plunged to single digits.
The boy, who had no pre-existing conditions, was pronounced dead on Tuesday afternoon. Just hours earlier, he’d been excited to see snow for the first time after moving to the US from Honduras in 2019 to live with his mom.
Mark Maybou scrapes snow from a wall and piles it into a bucket to melt it into water in Austin, Texas, on Friday
Marie Maybou melts snow on the kitchen stove in her home in Austin, Texas on Friday. She was using the water to flush toilets in her home after the city water stopped running
Cars line up to receive free water during a mass distribution drive at Delmar Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday