Politics Chris Christie's Comeback for a Favorite Trump Insult: 'Maybe the 'R' in RINO Really Stands for Re-Elected' The former New Jersey governor is supporting Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp in his reelection bid alongside two other GOP governors currently serving second terms By Aaron Parsley Aaron Parsley Aaron Parsley has been a part of PEOPLE's digital team for more than 15 years. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 12, 2022 03:41 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Chris Christie and Donald Trump. Photo: Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television/Getty; SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came up with a clever comeback for one of Donald Trump's favorite insults. After Christie and two more Republican governors, Doug Ducey of Arizona and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, showed their support for Gov. Brian Kemp's reelection campaign, the former president fired off a statement to express his disdain for the GOP surrogates. "Today, the worst 'election integrity' Governor in the country, Brian Kemp, loaded the great state of Georgia up with RINOs," Trump said, using the acronym for "Republican in name only." "That's right, he had them all," Trump continued, naming Kemp's trio of high-profile supporters. "That tells you all you need to know about what you are getting in Georgia — just a continuation of bad elections and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp." Christie tweeted a response on Wednesday. "Insightful commentary about three Republican Governors who were overwhelmingly re-elected by their people from a former President who lost to Joe Biden. Maybe the 'R' in RINO really stands for re-elected," Christie wrote, adding that he was "proud to stand with" Ducey and Ricketts in support of Gov. Kemp. Christie is a former ally who led the Trump transition team as he entered the White House in 2017 and later helped him prep for debates with his 2020 opponent, Democrat Joe Biden. Christie broke away from Team Trump when he refused to concede the election to the winner, now President Biden, calling his legal challenges over the results and his conspiratorial claims about the loss a "national embarrassment." Chris Christie Says 'Not a Whole Lot of Question' Donald Trump Should Be Impeached After Riots Trump continues to repeat false claims of 2020 election fraud, despite a lack of evidence and the fact that Biden is nearly 500 days into his presidency. From left: Jared Kushner, Chris Christie and Donald Trump in 2017. Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Gov. Kemp is a favorite target of Trump's grumbling due to his decision to certify Georgia's 2020 election results, which added the state's 16 electoral votes to Biden's count. Trump has endorsed Kemp's primary opponent, former Sen. David Perdue, who's made the so-called "rigged and stolen" election a theme in his campaign. (Perdue also lost in the same election cycle when Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated him in a January 2021 run-off vote to represent Georgia in the Senate.) Donald Trump Endorses Dr. Oz in Pa. Senate Primary: 'He Has Lived with Us Through the Screen' Across the country, political players are keeping a close eye on Trump-endorsed candidates to see how they fare — and to gauge the former president's influence on the GOP — as November's midterms approach. Voters head to the polls for Georgia's Republican primary May 24. The winner will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, who's running unopposed in her party's primary. Christie is reportedly "seriously considering" running for the Republican nomination in 2024.