Marco Rubio mocked for still complaining about Chris Christie’s 2016 beat debate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is apparently still angry at the verbal beatings he received from Chris Christie during a 2016 debate when the two were part of a crowded group looking for the Republican presidential nomination.

As Christie unveiled his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, footage of him busting Rubio during a debate in New Hampshire before that state’s primary exploded on Twitter.

The former New Jersey governor mocked Rubio for a robotic performance that relied on canned pre-written lines and memorized snippets of stump speeches.

“There he is,” Christie said as Rubio repeated one of those lines. “The memorized 25-second speech. That’s it, everyone.

That was over seven years ago, but Rubio clearly wasn’t happy with the recall.

The senator tweeted:

Rubio is correct that Christie dropped out right after New Hampshire as he stayed in the running for another month.

But Rubio had been gaining momentum in New Hampshire ahead of the debate and would have hoped to finish at least second in the state.

He finished fifth, and he seemed to recognize at the time that Christie’s jabs — and his own robotic responses — played a part.

“I didn’t do well on Saturday night,” Rubio said after the primary loss, referencing the debate in which Christie went on the offensive with moments like this:

Twitter users mocked Rubio for even bringing it up:

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