Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie estimated the odds of Donald Trump running for president dead in an interview on Sunday.
The ex-governor and former adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign never made it to the chaotic Trump White House or the wider administration, but continued to largely support the president and his policies through Jan. 6. Since then, he has remained an outspoken critic of Mr Trump, blaming him for inspiring the deadly riot that engulfed Congress.
On Sundays he joined ABC’s This week and argued that Donald Trump was just as likely to sit out the 2024 election cycle as he was to run again.
“Am I convinced that Donald Trump will run for president? I’m not convinced. I believe it’s a 50-50 shot at the moment whether he’s running or not,” said Mr. Christie.
The comments come along with the former president dropping hints about planning another bid in most, if not all, of his campaign-style rally appearances; Mr Trump also echoed those tendencies during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas over the weekend.
Christie went on to say that the former president made a very different calculation than he did before launching his successful 2016 bid for president. Trump was largely treated as a non-serious candidate by much of the mainstream and conservative media during the 2016 campaign, before grabbing the GOP nomination and ultimately beating Hillary Clinton in the general election.
According to Mr. Christie, the 45th president knows that any bid he launches for the White House in 2024 will be met with outright hostility from the mainstream press and parts of his own Republican Party as his carefully selected candidates, particularly for the US Senate. , lose their races to the Democrats in November.
“He’ll take that into account in whatever he decides to do, because he’s not stupid,” argued Mr. Christie.
Mr Trump headlined CPAC over the weekend and has recently been pictured with far-right crooks such as Marjorie Taylor Greene and Tucker Carlson as he continues his bid to remain the de facto leader of the GOP. Though he had some setbacks in the 2022 primaries, most notably in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary, the ex-president’s elected loyalists won many primaries, including for key Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in a show of his dominance over others. GOP figures like Mike Pence or Ted Cruz, who supported rivals of his handpicked candidates.
Those candidates have become a bit of a sour spot for the national Republican Party, though, as Democrats now lead their opponents in the three Senate races mentioned above. it appears that Mr Trump’s loyalist allies are laden with political baggage that jeopardizes the GOP’s chances of retaking the Senate in January.