“has told friends that he’d be the only person in the 2024 field with executive experience who has run a presidential race before”
During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s strongest moment came when he effectively ended the candidacy of Senator Marco Rubio during a debate.
Christie is apparently considering another run in 2024.
Jonathan Swan writes at Axios:
Scoop: Chris Christie friends believe he’s running in 2024
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering running for president in 2024, three people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.
Driving the news: While Christie isn’t saying anything publicly about his thinking — besides telling radio host Hugh Hewitt he’s not ruling it out — people close to him have an early sense of the rationale and outlines of a potential candidacy.
The big picture: Absent another run by former President Trump, the field would be wide open.
– Christie, whose 2016 bid for the nomination was short-lived, has told friends that he’d be the only person in the 2024 field with executive experience who has run a presidential race before.
– That’s a clear shot at one potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s enjoying a surge of popularity from Republican voters for his handling of COVID-19 and his sparring with the media but hasn’t yet endured the scrutiny of a presidential bid.
Swan is correct when he suggests that much of this depends on what Trump does.
Mark Moore of the New York Post notes that Trump recently told Sean Hannity that he is strongly considering running again:
Christie hasn’t spoken publicly about throwing his hat in the ring other than telling radio host Hugh Hewitt that he won’t rule out running against former President Donald Trump in a primary again, Axios reported on Wednesday.
But the outlet noted that if Trump doesn’t seek election in 2024, the candidate field would be wide open.
Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview Monday that he’s still thinking about it.
“I miss the most, helping people,” Trump said.
“That’s why I did it. Look, this has been very traumatic. I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems and now all I do is, people go after you. It’s vicious, it’s horrible but you know what? I loved doing it because I helped people. And I’ve helped them more than any president,” he said.
Many people on the right are skeptical about Christie’s chances.
Chris Christie won’t ever be President. I have a better chance of becoming the Galactic Emperor of the Milky Way. https://t.co/nMZmcA5Itm
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 21, 2021
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