Christie loathes Clinton, as you can see in this happy hug from Feburary
Gov. Chris Christie's takedown of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Monday night had been brutal — an unforgiving, point-by-point indictment of her time as secretary of state, blaming her for everything from the kidnapping of 200 girls by Boko Haram to the continued freedom of New Jersey cop killer Joanne Chesmiard.
After every point, the crowd shouted: "Lock her up."
Clinton, in rebuttal, shared a video — previously unseen footage from February of the two hugging and joking around on the set of CNN's "State of the Union."
"All I do is hug Democrats. It gets me in trouble all the time. All the time," Christie said, as Clinton laughed.
In the video, Christie tells the former secretary of state at one point: "Tell the president I say hi."
Christie never quite managed to wipe off the political stink left after he embraced President Barack Obama in 2012 — Christie's called it a handshake, but it was widely described in media as a hug — as they worked together on superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
A caller told then-New Jersey 101.5 morning host Jim Gearhart in 2015 the hug still mattered to him — that Christie embraced not only Obama, but a distaste for Republicans in Congress.
In the video released by the Clinton campaign, Christie also jokes with Clinton about a sweet implicit endorsement Bernie Sanders had gotten: "Now he's got his own ice cream with Ben & Jerry. You should argue for your own ice cream, Madam Secretary."
It's not the first time word of the Clinton hug has been made public. A photo of the embrace had been released in February. Christie said at the time he's a "kind, warm, wonderful person" who hugs countless people.