In the early stages of the 2016 election, the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie described Donald Trump as a “carnival barker”. Months later, Christie ended his presidential run by becoming one of the first establishment leaders to side with Trump. approving it despite presumably saying he would never do that, not even as a possible Republican candidate ridiculed its weight e he made it parade around like a trophy. Christie has been more or less on Trump’s side throughout his presidency at times speak loudly against his actions, but never permanently severing the link.
Now, more than five and a half years after getting on Trump’s train, Christie is once again making a calculated move to maintain her political relevance. during a Axios on HBO interview which airs this weekend, has openly mocked Trump’s defeat of 2020, almost daring the former president to take revenge. “When I ran for re-election in 2013, I got 60% of the votes. When he ran for re-election, he lost to Joe Biden,“Cristiana said.” I’m glad this comparison holds up, because that’s what really matters. “She added that she isn’t afraid to clash with Trump, in what Axios called the first” hand-to-hand fight “of the Republican presidential primary. of 2024. “I’ve never strayed from an argument, no matter who was on the other side,” Christie insisted.
Christie will continue the press circuit next Monday with a appearance on CNN anchor Dana Bash‘s new show – an episode the network is heralding as a look at “one of America’s most famous Republicans, a longtime friend and high-profile supporter of former President Donald Trump who has become a tough critic of America. ‘Trump’s big lie’ “.
Tensions between Christie and the former president began to escalate last weekend, when the former drew the headlines for condemning Trump’s “stolen election” claims at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. Trump, of course, responded in kind. “Christie … was utterly butchered by his claims that Republicans must move on from the past, which means the 2020 election fraud,” Trump said in a statement. declaration. “Everyone remembers that Chris left New Jersey with an approval rating of less than 9%, a low record, and they didn’t want to hear it from him!”
It is difficult to establish the origins of Christie’s slow estrangement from Trump, but his interview with The New Yorker published three days after the uprising on the Capitol can be considered a cartel. In it, Christie argued that her 2016 approval was calculated and pragmatic, rather than motivated by sincere belief. “I was absolutely convinced that there was no one left on that Republican primary stage who would beat Donald Trump. He would have been our candidate, “Christie said.” And secondly, I was absolutely committed to Hillary Clinton not to be president of the United States. So, given my relationship with Donald Trump all these years, I felt like I walked in early and helped him, I could have an influence in making him a better candidate and ultimately a better president. And I think I did both. “
All of this attitude has one purpose, of course: to fuel Christie’s presidential ambitions. The former governor will soon publish a book entitled Republican bailout: saving the party from truth deniers, conspiracy theorists and Joe Biden’s dangerous politics, and hey spoken to the Reagan Presidential Library in September to call on Republicans to overcome “wishful thinking and delusion,” in reference to conservatives who refuse to accept last year’s election results. Christie added that the GOP must “stop basking in the past. We have to give up conspiracy theorists and truth deniers, those who know best and those who are just plain crazy. “
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