Donald Trump criticized the “untimely” Chris Christie after the former New Jersey governor announced that he did not think the Republican nominee could defeat President Biden in 2024.
“‘Sloppy’ Chris Christie, the failed former governor of New Jersey, spent his entire last year in office campaigning in New Hampshire for the Republican presidential nomination,” Trump said in a Truth social posting.
“Like most of his tenure, he left with an approval rating of just 9%, his presidential campaign an absolute disaster.”
Trump added that he would “never want” Christie as an ally and said his career was “saved” by “ABC Fake News.”
That approval rating number wasn’t far off, as Christie left office as the least popular governor in his state’s history.
Chris Christie, whom President Trump chose to head his transition planning team, and Chris Wray to be FBI director.
President Trump concludes by saying he never wants to hire the people he appoints. pic.twitter.com/9jr0zjaZLC
– This Max guy (@MaxNordau) February 5, 2023
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Chris Christie: Trump Can’t Win in 2024
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Trump’s outburst was in response to an ABC News interview with Chris Christie, who said he did not believe the Republican nominee would win a rematch with President Biden.
Christie predicted the GOP would produce a large field of candidates willing to take on Trump for the Republican nomination, some of whom helped him win in a crowded field in 2016.
“Can Trump beat Biden?” asked ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
“I don’t think so,” Christie replied.
Recent polls have shown that Donald Trump would do well against Biden if the two engage in a rematch of the 2020 presidential race.
Trump, in fact, is viewed more favorably than President Biden, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a Harvard Capps Harris poll conducted between January 18 and 19.
The prevailing view among opponents like Christie is that Trump is very unlikely to defeat Biden in 2024.
By contrast, the same Harvard Capps Harris poll, conducted between January 18 and 19, suggests he will defeat the president by a greater margin than any other GOP candidate.
🇺🇲 2024 Presidential Election Poll:
(R) Trump: 46% (+5)
(D) Biden: 41%
(R) Trump: 48% (+8)
(d) Harris: 40%
(R) DeSantis: 42% (+3)
(D) Biden: 39%
(R) DeSantis: 43% (+3)
(d) Harris: 40%
Harvard/Harris | January 18-19 | 2,050 RVhttps://t.co/b6wspC6HMh pic.twitter.com/x5hRdiJMc9
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) January 22, 2023
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Christie upset with Trump’s ‘strategy’
Christie responded to Trump’s “messy” comments on Twitter.
“I am a victim of Donald Trump’s new strategy,” Christie wrote. “None of his lies about me today when he asked me to prepare him for every general election debate or offered me 3 different cabinet posts.”
“He’s the only person to lose to Biden outside of Delaware,” he said. “That loss still stings for Joe.”
I am a victim of Donald Trump’s new strategy. None of his lies about me bothered him today when he asked me to prepare him for every general election debate or offered me 3 different cabinet posts. He was the only person outside of Delaware to lose to Biden. That loss still stings for Joe.
— Chris Christie (@GovChristie) February 5, 2023
While it’s true that Christie was once a close ally of Trump’s, he’s recently distanced himself from him in a way he never pushed far at the Buffett table.
Besides being the recipient of the world’s first failed lap band surgery, he has a ton of baggage for those in the know in both New York and New Jersey — from Bridgegate to unwritten agreements between him and ultra-liberal NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Christie was one of Trump’s early supporters in the 2016 campaign, serving as an attack dog to help take down Marco Rubio during the debates.
And few will recall that Christie was Trump’s first choice for vice president in 2016, before being convinced by his inner circle.
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