December 9, 2023

Chris Christie told Megyn Kelly off-air at GOP debate that he was 'pissed’

Regarding the fourth 2024 Republican presidential primary debate, journalist Megyn Kelly revealed what former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said to her, namely, that he candidate was “pissed” that not enough questions were being asked of him.

A thirteen-second clip captured during a commercial break depicted Christie addressing the moderators of the debate, Kelly and Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon, in an aggressive manner, as the New York Post reported.

Kelly's Comments

“He was pissed off,” Kelly explained during The Megyn Kelly Show on Thursday.

“He was mad that he wasn’t getting enough questions. And he said, ‘I made it up at this stage, and I haven’t been able to speak in awhile. And I should have been brought in on that last debate.'”

Although Christie was displeased, Kelly stated she was confident that the former governor would eventually receive the stage time he hoped to have in the second half of the debate,

“I said, ‘We’re coming to you. You’re going to be happy in the second hour,’ which I lived up to,” Kelly added.

Kelly said the “even distribution of questions got mucked up from all the arguing” between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy during the first half of the debate’s.

“We let them fight in the first 40 minutes of the debate and therefore that comes at the expense of something,” she explained, adding that it is “all at the expense of something else that’s coming.”

Kelly's Rational

However, the next day on her show, she had a tough message for the presidential candidate, albeit acknowledging why Christie may have felt ignored.

“He’s polling at 2%!” she said incredulously.

“In no debate ever, and I’ve now done six of them, have we given as many questions to the guy who’s at 3% as to the person who’s in the lead, at least among the candidates that are on the stage. I’m sorry, Gov. Christie. That’s the way it is," she added.

Citing CNN data from the debate, Kelly asserted that each candidate was given an equivalent amount of time to respond to questions.

Kelly explained the breakdown, saying “Vivek got 22 minutes, DeSantis 21, Haley 17, Christie 16 and 52 seconds. So, he was a half a minute behind Haley, who’s tied up there for number one."

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