Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner’s uncle and aunt, Murray and Lee Kushner, made maximum contributions to the 2024 presidential bid of Chris Christie.
The couple donated $6,600 to Christie’s campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Christie is currently behind in the GOP polls where Trump dominates the field including ahead of second placeholder Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
GOP donors have expressed their concern about DeSantis as donors have raise questions about fundraising expenses.
The series of GOP donors and voters have been looking for an alternative to Trump as his legal troubles have mounted over the hush money payments and the mishandling of classified document after leaving office.
Trump lashed out on Truth Social over his candidacy and wanting to be part of his administration in 2016.
“Sloppy Chris Christie is thrashing about, doing and saying anything to stay relevant. He desperately wanted to join the Trump Administration, but I said ‘NO!’ In 2016, he spent most of his time away from New Jersey in order to campaign for President, much like Ron DeSanctimonious is doing now to Florida,” said Trump on Truth Social. “Chris ended up getting run out of New Hampshire, where he had almost no vote or popularity. They knew him well – CHRIS CHRISTIE IS A TOTAL LOSER!’”
The donation comes amid the longstanding feud between Jared and Christie, stemming from the latter’s role in prosecuting Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, for tax evasion and fraud.
Christie, a former governor and former U.S. Attorney for the Garden State, has stood by his handling of the case, once stating, “I just think that it was so obvious he had to be prosecuted.”
Amid Charles Kushner’s prosecution, Christie’s relationship with Jared faced strain. Yet, Murray and Lee still backed Christie’s presidential campaign due to their own icy rapport with Charles regarding disagreements on crucial business choices.
Murray and his wife donated a maximum of $6,600 to Christie’s campaign, contributing $3,300 each.
In his book, “Let Me Finish,” Christie attributed the hindrance in securing a role as Trump’s vice president in 2016 or attorney general to Jared Kushner.
Christie has been positioning himself as a strong critic of Trump, warning against the former president’s return to the White House.
When asked about pardoning Trump for his current legal troubles, Christie stated he wouldn’t pardon the former president.
He also previously accused Jared Kushner of withholding details in his testimony to the grand jury investigating the former president.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez stated that he would pardon Trump in order to heal the country.
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