Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and close Donald Trump ally, is lashing out at fellow GOP presidential hopefuls during a media blitz in anticipation of his own 2024 run.
Christie is betting that unending personal loyalty to Trump has a real cost – if he’s right, he might just have an opening to 2024.
The former New Jersey governor, failed 2016 presidential candidate and 2024 aspirant, had words for anyone on the right still deferring to former president.
Chris Christie: “People who say that they will defer to Donald Trump have disqualified themselves from being president.”
— Axios (@axios) November 14, 2021
“If you’re not willing to stand up to someone, then how can you … be standing up for everyone when you’re president?” Christie told Axios’s Mike Allen.
- Former Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s old deputy, is not one of the Republicans included in this group according to Axios.
- “Former Vice President Mike Pence, for one, has made it clear he won’t wait on his former boss to make a decision,” Allen reported. “Pence’s view, I’m told, is that whether he’s being called to serve isn’t dependent on what Trump does.”
THE BULLET POINTS
Christie has been on a media blitz, trying to thread the needle by taking on Trump and Biden alike.
- He’s released a new manifesto, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”
- Christie, considered the first major Republican to endorse Trump in 2016, told Maggie Haberman: “An election for president was held on November 3, 2020. Joe Biden won. Donald Trump did not.”
- Christie attacked Trump on China policy to Haberman, something Trump is usually considered hawkish on: According to Christie, he’s more hawkish than the former president, and thinks Trump threw “boquets” at Chinese leader Xi Jinping and that it was “unacceptable” how deferential Trump allegedly was toward Beijing when the communist regime was withholding information about the coronavirus.
- Christie recounted to Haberman an anecdote about Trump’s personnel troubles, conceded as a weakness even by many of the former president’s steadfast fans.
- “’He wasn’t my pick. He was your pick. He was my recommendation. I’m not the president. I don’t get to pick,'” Christie said he told Trump about FBI Director Christopher Wray.