Chris Christie In Tell-All Book: ‘Right There, I Understood Why So Many People In Politics Despised John Kasich’

Scott Morefield | Reporter

Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted fellow presidential candidate John Kasich in his recently-released book, recounting a conversation during the 2016 presidential primaries that, to him, revealed why “so many people in politics despised” the former Ohio governor.

One recollection from Christie’s book, “Let Me Finish,” details a conversation between he and Kasich that took place after the New Hampshire GOP primary. In it, Kasich finished a distant second to then-candidate Donald Trump, while Christie finished sixth.

He asked how I was doing. I told him, okay, considering. “You know what happened to you, don’t you, Chris?” he said.

I told him I didn’t.

“God wanted you to play right field, and you insisted on playing shortstop. No matter how many times God told you to play right field, you insisted on playing shortstop. And last night, you went out to shortstop, and the ball went through your legs.”

Right there, I understood why so many people in politics despised John Kasich. . . .

“And John,” I asked, “what does God have in mind for you?”

He didn’t hesitate. “I think you’re going to see that very clearly over the next couple of months.”

However, a Kasich spokesperson took issue with the former New Jersey governor’s recollection, according to Cleveland.com.

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Republican presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

MANCHESTER, NH – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Republican presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“The anecdote may make for a nice story in a book, but it’s fiction,” Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf said in an email. Schrimpf told Cleveland.com that Kasich simply wished Christie well during a short phone call following the primary. (RELATED: Heidi Cruz Opens Up About Whether She Regrets Voting For Donald Trump)

Christie famously disputed Kasich’s characterization of himself as the “Prince of Light and Hope” during the 2016 primaries.

“Yeah, that sounds a heck of a lot more like Satan than the Prince of Light and Hope,” Christie told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “I’ve known John for a long time and I’ve been around when his colleagues talk about him. I’ve heard John called a lot of things, the Prince of Light and Hope has never been one of them. And so, fact is, John wants to hide, he wants to let the super PAC who is running most of his campaign in New Hampshire do all his dirty work and he wants to come out and act like he’s some angel.”

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