Donald Trump's 'Emotional' Endorsements Will 'Backfire': Chris Christie

Former President Donald Trump's "emotional" endorsements will "backfire" on him within the next few months, predicted former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Trump's endorsements, long sought after among Republican candidates, have faced criticism from some of his supporters in recent weeks, as many feel he is endorsing candidates not entirely aligned with his hardline conservative style of politics.

Christie, who supported the former president's campaigns, echoed the sentiment during an appearance on ABC News' This Week on Sunday morning, offering his insight on how Trump makes his endorsements.

"The idea that he makes these decisions based on political analysis is sophistry," he said. "This is all emotional decisions, and who speaks to him last."

Donald Trump's endorsements will backfire: Chris Christie
Former President Donald Trump’s "emotional" endorsements will "backfire" on him within the next few months, predicted former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Above, Christie is seen in Fox News’ New York City studios in January 2019. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

He first pointed to Trump endorsing several incumbent Republican governors, who have disputed his unfounded election fraud claims as potentially tarnishing his track record.

The former president has officially endorsed former Senator David Perdue over Governor Brian Kemp in Georgia and Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin over Governor Brad Little in Idaho. He is also reportedly considering backing Lynda Blanchard, who was his U.S. ambassador to Slovenia, over Governor Kay Ivey in Alabama, according to

Christie predicted all of the Republican incumbents "are going to win their primaries."

He also expressed skepticism that the former president's controversial endorsement of J.D. Vance in Ohio's Senate race may not be a "lay up" proxy victory. Trump earlier in April endorsed Vance, who in the past was highly skeptical of him, over several other Republican candidates, leaving some supporters upset.

Christie warned that endorsement, along with others, could end up landing "all over the place."

"I do think though, when we get to June, we're going to look back and say that most of the big endorsements he made—not the ones in deep red House districts—but the big endorsements he made, are going to turn out to not have been right," he said.

Trump has endorsed candidates for all types offices ranging from gubernatorial and Senate to state legislative races—leaving many Republicans vying for his endorsement in hopes it would boost their campaign credentials with his supporters.

Other Republicans have also slammed some of Trump's recent endorsements. Notably, his endorsement of Dr. Mehmet Oz for Pennsylvania's Senate drew criticism from many conservatives, who took issue with past comments Oz seemingly made in support of gun control and abortion. It was called a "mistake" by Laura Ingraham, a longtime Trump supporter.

His Vance endorsement also faced similar criticism, with some pointing out that Vance had been trailing opponent Josh Mandel in the polls.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's office for comment.