Judge Judy and Nikki Haley host joint event in New Hampshire

Nikki Haley and Judge Judy hugging
Judge Judy and Nikki Haley host joint event in New Hampshire.

By Aparna Prabhakar

Reality TV star Judge Judy joined presidential candidate Nikki Haley on the campaign trail Sunday night in Exeter, New Hampshire. The event kicked off just hours after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race. 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu was the first to take the stage. Sununu endorsed Haley in December 2023. He says the former South Carolina governor exemplifies the New Hampshire motto of “Live Free or Die.” As New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary elections near, Sununu remains one of Haley’s most outspoken advocates.

He has publicly defended her against critics and opponents. In addressing the audience, he claimed Haley alone would be able to restore American Republicanism. Sununu also called out Haley’s only remaining Republican opponent, saying, “I’m tired of losing. I’m tired of losers. And I’m sure as hell tired of Donald Trump.” 

Judge Judy took the stage after Gov. Sununu. She advocated for Haley as an option for voters looking to move forward. She echoed Sununu with her claims that the other two frontrunners in the election – Joe Biden and Donald Trump – would fail to bring necessary change to the country. Judge Judy also spoke about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She says Haley is the only candidate that she trusts to create a future for the next generations.

Judge Judy introduced Haley personally. The former UN ambassador took the stage to thunderous applause from the audience. She immediately nodded to DeSantis’ withdrawal from the race, asking the audience, “Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a two-person race.” 

Over the course of her speech, Haley echoed the same theme as Gov. Sununu and Judge Judy, asking her audience, “Do you want more of the same? Or do you want to go forward?” Haley also told anecdotes from her own life, specifically referencing her experiences as a military wife and a mother. She connected her stories to her policies, urging voters to support her pro-life, closed-border, pro-military stance. 

When Haley spoke about her climate policies, she was interrupted by a protester from the Sunrise Movement, a nationwide progressive climate action organization. The protester held up a sign calling Haley an “oil copout” before event security escorted him out of the auditorium. Haley continued to address the audience through the interruption, claiming that protesters are proof of American democracy. 

Haley wrapped up the event by imploring New Hampshire voters to get to the polls. Recent CNN polls show her trailing Trump in the state by 11% – a margin smaller than that of the recent caucuses in Iowa. 

The numbers continue to fluctuate as New Hampshire voters go to the polls today.