Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, who's been moonlighting as national finance co-chair for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's failed presidential bid, on Sunday issued a statement blasting Christie for endorsing Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Whitman's statement was issued via NBC's "Meet the Press" program Sunday:
Chris Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump is an astonishing display of political opportunism. Donald Trump is unfit to be President. He is a dishonest demagogue who plays to our worst fears. Trump would take America on a dangerous journey. Christie knows all that and indicated as much many times publicly. The governor is mistaken if he believes he can now count on my support, and I call on Christie's donors and supporters to reject the Governor and Donald Trump outright. I believe they will. For some of us, principle and country still matter.
Christie was on ABC's "This Week." His response:
Well, listen, I love Meg Whitman. She's a great friend to me and to Mary Pat [Christie's wife], always has been. We obviously, from that statement, have a difference of political opinion. And that's OK. That's what makes this country great is that people can have differences of political opinion.
And so Meg has always been free to express her views and I honor her. And we absolutely adore our relationship with her and I'm sure it'll continue.
Whitman is best known politically for her unsuccessful bid to become California governor in 2010, a race in which she spent more than $140 million of her own money. Whitman amassed her fortune as chief of eBay, a company she led from 1998 through 2007.
"This Week" host George Stephanopoulos challenged Christie on how he can support a candidate he very recently ridiculed for the grandiosity and vagueness of his campaign platform. Christie said Trump will eventually come up with a plan to pay for his promised wall with Mexico and deliver a blueprint to deal with long-term financial challenges for Social Security and Medicare.