Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the chances of Donald Trump running for president again are dead during an interview Sunday.
The former governor and former adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign never made it into the chaotic White House or the broader Trump administration, but remained largely supportive of the president and his policies until Jan. 6. accusing him of inspiring the deadly riot that engulfed the Congress.
On Sunday, he joined ABC This week and argued that it was just as likely that Donald Trump would drop out of the 2024 election cycle as he would run again.
“Am I convinced that Donald Trump will run for president? I’m not convinced. I think it’s a 50-50 shot right now whether he runs or not,” Mr Christie said.
The remarks come as the former president has been dropping hints about planning a new bid at most, if not all, of his appearances at campaign-style rallies. Mr. Trump also echoed those sentiments during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas over the weekend.
Mr. Christie went on to say that the former president made a very different calculus than he did before he launched his successful bid for president in 2016. Trump was largely viewed as a non-serious candidate by large parts of the mainstream and conservative spheres of media during the 2016 campaign before capturing the GOP nomination and ultimately defeating Hillary Clinton in the general election.
According to Mr. Christie, the 45th president knows that any bid for the White House in 2024 will be met with outright hostility from the mainstream press as well as parts of his own Republican Party should he choose his nominees, particularly for USA. Senate, they lose their races to Democrats in November.
“He’s going to factor that into whatever he decides to do, because he’s not stupid,” Mr Christie argued.
Mr. Trump headlined CPAC over the weekend and was recently photographed with far-right firebrands like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Tucker Carlson as he continues his bid to remain the de facto leader of the GOP. While he suffered some setbacks in the 2022 primary season, particularly in the Georgia primary, the former president’s chosen loyalists won several primaries, including key Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, in a sign of his dominance over others GOP figures such as Mike Pence. or Ted Cruz, who supported the opponents of his chosen candidates.
These candidates have become somewhat of a detriment to the national Republican Party, however, as Democrats now lead their opponents in those three Senate races listed above. It appears that Mr. Trump’s staunch allies are carrying political baggage that is completely jeopardizing the GOP’s chances of retaking the upper chamber in January.