Steve Kush, a political director for Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaign in 2009, is telling the New Jersey governor it’s time to step aside in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Kush made his comments following news that Christie’s poll numbers were low enough to keep him off the main stage at the November 10th Fox Business debate.

But it’s Christie’s standing within the Republican party in New Jersey that has Kush calling for him to step aside. He has been receiving numerous phone calls from GOP lawmakers in South Jersey “about the way he abandoned Republicans in this election.”

The Shark Tank reports:

Kush said:

“I’ve been getting calls from Republicans in South Jersey and beyond since protesting Governor Christie on his visit to Camden the day before the election. All of the calls were to encourage me to continue to speak about the way he abandoned Republicans in this election. I wanted to take the time to calm down and analyze the post-election destruction of southern New Jersey’s GOP because it’s hard to speak ill of someone you once proudly served, once believed in and defended to fellow Republicans for years.”

Steve Kush was the South New Jersey political director for Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaign in 2009.  Fast forward to 2015 and New Jersey is not doing any better with Chris Christie at the helm.

I have reported before Christie has left the state in shambles and that feeling echos across the state with most of the political operatives and politicians who were once his biggest supporters.

Kush further explained:

“Every electoral loss in South Jersey, including my friend Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, is courtesy of Governor Christie completely forgetting about Republicans in the southern end of the state. His lack of caring about South Jersey trickled down to his team. I remember earlier this year after a macroburst storm ripped through southern New Jersey, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, many for up to a week, he was nowhere to be found. A local mayor asked me to reach out, I did, and I was immediately told by a key staffer of the governor’s that they were ‘sick and tired of South Jersey’s whining.’ That attitude is only part of the problem.”

Isn’t it incredible that the man who is most famous for a hug he gave President Obama which helped propel his 2012 election over Mitt Romney, was “nowhere to be found” during a storm that affected hundreds of thousands in his own state? Especially when those looking for a lending hand were Republican lawmakers?

Kush believes Christie could turn things around because he’s “a good politician.”

However, he added that Christie “should suspend his vanity presidential campaign immediately because his unwillingness to stand up to a local political party boss proves Americans can’t expect him to stand up to Vladimir Putin.”

New Yorkers who once thought a Republican candidate in Rob Astorino could defeat Andrew Cuomo will find that especially ironic. Despite being head of the Republican Governor’s Association, a group who lists it’s primary mission as helping ‘elect Republicans to governorships throughout the nation,’ Christie refused to help, saying Astorino’s campaign was a “lost cause.

It was widely suspected that Christie and Cuomo had an unwritten agreement to not openly combat each other due to their scandal issues – Christie with Bridgegate, and Cuomo with the Moreland scandal.

Despite receiving no support from Christie, Astorino ended up winning 46 of the 62 counties in New York, showing he was anything but a ‘lost cause’ and the money and endorsement from the RGA could have helped him to victory.

Now, Republicans in New Jersey, as well as recent poll numbers, seem to suggest the real ‘lost cause’ is Governor Christie himself.