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02/28/2016 11:07 am ET Updated Feb 29, 2016

Meg Whitman, Former Chris Christie Campaign Chair, Slams Him Over Trump Endorsement

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Meg Whitman is not happy that Chris Christie chose to endorse Donald Trump.
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Meg Whitman is not happy that Chris Christie chose to endorse Donald Trump.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday over his endorsement of real estate mogul Donald Trump for president and further called on Christie's donors to reject the two men "outright."

Whitman served as the national finance co-chair of Christie's presidential campaign, which he suspended after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.

"Chris Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump is an astonishing display of political opportunism. Donald Trump is unfit to be President. He is a dishonest demagogue who plays to our worst fears. Trump would take America on a dangerous journey," Whitman said in a statement obtained by NBC's "Meet The Press."

"Christie knows all that and indicated as much many times publicly," she added. "The Governor is mistaken if he believes he can now count on my support, and I call on Christie's donors and supporters to reject the Governor and Donald Trump outright. I believe they will. For some of us, principle and country still matter."

Whitman's sharp statement adds to the pile of angry rebukes of Christie from members of the GOP establishment after his stunning endorsement of Trump just days before the critical Super Tuesday primary contests on March 1.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for president, also expressed her surprise on Sunday.

"Chris is a dear friend, but none of us know why he did this," Haley said on ABC's "This Week."

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Meg Whitman as the former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

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