Christie teases the White House in 2024 and urges the GOP to walk past Trump

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie helped build Donald Trump up in the 2016 presidential election, and now he’s trying to tear him down before the 2024 election.

He says it’s time for the Republican Party to move on from the noisy former president and his stolen election demands.

The blunt ex-prosecutor and governor has test-driven his anti-Trump message as part of a public relations blitz surrounding the release of his new book, “Republican Rescue,” which sets itself apart from the majority of Republicans who still pay tribute Mr. Trump as their undisputed leader.

But Mr. Christie is trying to take a strong action with “a lot of inconvenience,” said Ross Baker, a professor of politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

“They include alienating Trump and incurring his curse and discovering that there just aren’t enough anti-Trump Republicans to win him a swing-state primary,” he said. “I think his chances in states that strongly supported Trump are vanishingly small.”

To mock the idea that Mr. Christie’s message is penetrating, Mr. Trump this week blew out a link to a headline from that read “Exclusive: Donald Trump has already sold 100,000 copies of the book, 50 times more than The Chris Christie Arch. “

Two days earlier, Mr. Trump another report from the Daily Mail that Mr. Christie at that time had sold “a paltry 2,289 copies.”

Mr. Christie still takes credit for the role he played in Mr. Trump’s amazing progress, while emphasizing that it is time for the party to address his losses and return to winning.

“We see the consequences of not winning with all these expenses, with the crime and everything else,” Mr. Christie during a recent appearance on Fox News. “So what I’m saying to Republicans is that we need to stop complaining and we need to start working to be a contrast to Joe Biden and stop him in his tracks in 2022,” he said. “Every minute we spend looking back is a minute we don’t spend stopping them.”

Mr. Christie’s 2016 bid for the GOP nomination for president was short-lived.

He dropped out of the race after a couple of bad shows in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary election.

Sir. Christie resurrected a few weeks later to support Mr. Trump, which shocked the GOP establishment and undermined a push within the party to overthrow Mr. Trump aside as a narcissistic and abominable character.

Mr. Christie said at the time that he was “excited” and “proud” to support Mr. Christie. Trump. He described him as a “loyal” friend and the party’s best bidder.

“I can guarantee you that the one person that Hillary and Bill Clinton do not want to see on stage coming next December is Donald Trump,” Mr. Christie. “They know how to run the regular political game book against younger senators and run them around the block. They do not know the game book with Donald Trump because he is rewriting the game book.”

“He is rewriting the policy book of American politics because he provides strong leadership that is not dependent on the status quo,” he said.

Fast forward six years, and Mr. Trump’s next step is for debate.

The former president has been teasing about making a comeback in the 2024 election – a decision that has hung over the early jockeying for position among other possible candidates.

Mr. However, Christie throws caution into the air as he explores another presidential election, opening him up to criticism from Trump supporters and others who see him as a hypocrite.

“In an attempt to win another failed presidential election, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently stated that everyone should move on from the 2020 election and criticized former President Donald Trump and his supporters for focusing on it,” he said. Billy Long. from Missouri, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, wrote in a recent Washington Examiner op-ed. “Christie is completely out of touch with the voters.”

Colin Reed, a GOP strategist and former spokesman for Mr. Christie, in his time as governor, pushed back against the idea that his former boss is flip-flopping.

“He’s always been a guy who does not see the world as he wants it to be, but as it is,” said Mr. Reed. “He has a fine-tuned political antenna, and he knew Donald Trump was what believers wanted [in 2016] and he did his best to imprint it. “

Mr. Christie’s 2016 approval helped take the steam out of Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign. The Florida Republican had clashed with Mr. Christie on the debate stage and competed with him for moderate voters and similar donors.

Mr. Christie served as a top surrogate for Mr. Trump and even helped him prepare for debate. He was reportedly second to Mike Pence in veepstakes.

Mr. Christie said on his book tour that things changed for him on election night last year when Mr. Trump claimed to have won the election, saying the results constituted a “major fraud against our nation.”

“I got really sick to my stomach, physically sick to my stomach when I saw him standing behind the seal of the President of the United States in the Eastern Room of the White House and saying something that I knew the moment he could not prove was true.” said Mr. Christie in a recent CNN interview. “There was no evidence that the election was stolen, and in fact we are now, you know, almost a year later, and there is still no evidence that the election was stolen. “

He said Mr Trump’s refusal to accept the election result led to the attack on the US capital, showing that the former president never distinguished between government and campaign.

“One of the things that I think the president never fully grasped was that his words when he became president had much greater significance than they did before he became president,” Mr. Christie. “He did not change an inch from the week before the 2016 election.”

“I thought the presidency could change him,” he said. “It did not change him a bit.”

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