Chris Christie Refers To Nikki Haley Hot Mic Moment as a “Mistake”

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( – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) claimed that his hot mic incident from January in which he stated that the former U.N. ambassador would get “smoked” in the race against former President Donald Trump was a “complete mistake.” However, he stopped short of apologizing for the comment.

In an interview that was scheduled to air on February 6 on “Good Morning America,” Christie recounted the hot mic incident that had occurred only a few minutes before he ended his presidential run. At the time, Christie was heard saying that Haley, the only major Republican candidate remaining in the primary race against Trump, was going to “get smoked” and that everyone knew that was the case. 

ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked Christie about the incident during the recent interview. In response, Christie said that the hot mic moment was a “complete mistake,” but that in his opinion, the funniest aspect of this story was how his phone started to vibrate. This meant that his son Andrew was calling, as he is the only person that Christie has on vibrate even when the phone is silenced. Christie added that when he picked up his phone, his son was on the line just saying ‘Hot mic! Hot mic! Hot mic!’” Christie shared that it was through his son who was watching the livestream that he had found out that his mic was on during the incident. 

Christie noted that he briefly spoke with Haley the day after the incident, but that he didn’t apologize or get asked for one.

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