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Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Announce 2024 Presidential Run Next Week. Will Pence Too?

Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Announce 2024 Presidential Run Next Week. Will Pence Too?

“He gives traditional Republicans a horse — but seems to have a narrow market in today’s GOP.”

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will reportedly enter the race for the 2024 Republican nomination next week. Lots of Republicans and conservatives are wondering why Christie is bothering with this run. Has he become more popular since 2016?

Axios reports:

Scoop: Chris Christie to announce GOP presidential campaign next week

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce his 2024 Republican candidacy for president next Tuesday in New Hampshire, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Christie, 60, is a former close Trump ally who now calls the former president a “coward” and “puppet of Putin.” He gives traditional Republicans a horse — but seems to have a narrow market in today’s GOP.

Driving the news: Christie is expected to make the announcement at a town hall at Saint Anselm College at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Here’s what to expect from a Christie candidacy, per his team:

  1. Being joyful and hitting a more hopeful note aimed at America’s “exhausted majority.”
  2. Being authentic — a happy warrior who speaks his mind, takes risks and is happy to punch Donald Trump in the nose. Christie’s recent interviews and New Hampshire town halls aim to recapture the brio of his 2009 governor’s race.
  3. Running a national race — “a non-traditional campaign that is highly focused on earned media, mixing it up in the news cycle and engaging Trump,” an adviser said. “Will not be geographic dependent, but nimble.”

Christie has at least one supporter. Geraldo Rivera of FOX News seems pretty excited about the news:

Joe Cunningham of RedState says what many people are thinking:

One of the arguments is that Christie can be a fighter and beat Trump by going toe-to-toe with him, which might be true, except Christie tried that seven years ago and failed so horribly he started working for Trump. And, sure, he talks a great anti-Trump game now, but there’s a difference between the red-meat-throwing, speak-your-mind stylings of Christie and the outright mud-slinging fight that is sparring with Trump. Christe lost that fight before and he’d lose again.

In keeping with the subject of people who probably shouldn’t bother running, former Vice President Mike Pence is apparently planning to get into the race.

The Messenger reports:

Former Vice President Mike Pence to Launch Campaign for White House Within 2 Weeks (Exclusive)

Former Vice President Mike Pence is set to launch his run for the White House against his old boss, former President Donald Trump, within the coming two weeks, four sources familiar with the planning told The Messenger.

The Georgia Republican Party may have tipped Pence’s hand Wednesday in an email explaining he could no longer deliver the keynote address at a June 9th event. Pence would make “an announcement regarding his future plans” at a televised town hall, the email said. The Georgia GOP did not specify which town hall, but Pence is scheduled to headline a CNN town hall in Des Moines, Iowa on June 7, his 64th birthday.

Four Republicans familiar with the plans say Pence and his team started ramping up their outreach two weeks ago, telling supporters that the launch was imminent and would take place in mid-June.

Pence is a decent man, but what’s the point? No one on the left is going to support Pence and lots of people on the right will pass him over too, especially if they’re fans of Trump.

It’s going to be a fascinating GOP primary, that’s for sure.


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Had just made a mental note to myself that the race needed some more colorful characters,

Christie brings in the all-important fat vote, but what does Malcolm Milquetoast Pence do?

    JR in reply to fscarn. | June 1, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I think Trump already has the all-important fat vote locked up.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to fscarn. | June 1, 2023 at 11:50 am

    “Christie brings in the all-important fat vote, but what does Malcolm Milquetoast Pence do?”

    I’m fat. I’m not voting for Chrispy.

    Pence gets Romney’s votes.

      The fat voting block is not solidified due to its high lipid content. It is greasy, oily, squishy and extremely slippery making it almost impossible to get hold of. Half of the fat people are too busy eating to vote and the other half have their votes stolen by skinny people.

        buck61 in reply to Peabody. | June 1, 2023 at 12:09 pm

        He’s a slam Dunkin in the race

        MattMusson in reply to Peabody. | June 1, 2023 at 2:11 pm

        Christie will eat Trump’s lunch. In fact, he will eat all the candidates lunches. And, their breakfasts, and dinners and whatever snacks they have lying around.

        henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | June 1, 2023 at 5:57 pm

        Gutfeld says Christie help off announcing until he had a clean bill of health from the Marine Mammal Institute.

        Christie is a gun-grabbing RINO. If RINOs need someone they can vote for, rest easy, they always have a choice.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | June 1, 2023 at 6:35 pm

        It’s my understanding (translated: I’m making this up) that Novo Nordisk has a new cholesterol treatment that avoids statins.

        They have hired a studio to to an animated feature about it with a computer generated come-back for Don Knotts.

        Its working title is, “The incredible Mr. Lipid”.

Pompous Christie to the rescue. A true example of a blowhard.

Chris is past his sell by date.

He may siphon away support among the all-important Kasich wing of the GOP.

Note for Mr. LaChance: Still thinking about you and the passing of your sweet dog Finn who had such a beautiful smile. I was very touched. Just wanted to say, “Hope you’re doing well.”

2smartforlibs | June 1, 2023 at 12:19 pm

Good primaries are always the best. However 3rd tier people Christy, Pense, Haley are only there to line their pockets with donations.

Trump and DeSantis are running for the nominations. The remaining doofi are angling for the VP slot.

When that much cash changes hands for no viable reason money laundering seems a likely cause.

inspectorudy | June 1, 2023 at 1:01 pm

I know there multiple reasons for some of these people to run but other than a VP slot, what are they?

    CommoChief in reply to inspectorudy. | June 1, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Need a wardrobe refresh and launch a campaign to get donors to pay for it?

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to inspectorudy. | June 1, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Name recognition for future elections, getting through the vetting process so they can be recognized as legit candidates, building a war chest of cash to build a coalition.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | June 1, 2023 at 1:17 pm

What to do, what to do? I am soooo conflicted in deciding whether to vote for Pence or Christie. What a tough choice. /s

I voted for Trump twice. Both of the above have pretty much told us that Trump is no longer in favor, and that we “Trumpster” voters and “Cultists” are meaningless in today’s society.

I refuse to vote for anyone who has to demean and ridicule me for my past votes just to make themselves appear appealing.

I am not stupid. I know that Trump was not a perfect president, and he could have done better at many things. But on the face of it, Trump didn’t start any new wars, he was shamelessly pro-America, and held the Internationalist’s feet to the fire.

I am not interested in a litany of all the things Trump didn’t do. I don’t care. He was much better than Bush (either one), Obama (either one), Clinton (either one), and the dotard currently claiming the pResidency.

Will I vote for Trump again? If he’s the nominee, I will. If DeSantis is the nominee, I will.

I won’t vote for Kasich, Haley, Hutchinson, Ramaswamy, Noem, Sununu, Scott, Christie, or Pence.

Although I have expressed concern over Cruz, I would now like to see him enter the race.

I, like many others, believe that Trump will not get a fair shake this round, and he will be vilified endlessly. This may cause him to lose.

But I do wish he would stop insulting people and tell us what he will do.

Did Christie have to quit an actual “job” to run? I didn’t think so.

He’ll own the Krispy Kreme wing of the GOP for sure.

G. de La Hoya | June 1, 2023 at 1:32 pm

3……an adviser said. “Will not be geographic dependent, but nimble.”

Nimble? Used in anyway describing anything Chris Christie? LOL & SMH 🙂

    henrybowman in reply to G. de La Hoya. | June 1, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    “Nimble” is in itself a geographically dependent analysis of Christie.
    Like maybe on the moon, or Mercury.
    Or on Dune, in a Harkonnen floating harness (off the rack).

2nd Ammendment Mother | June 1, 2023 at 2:32 pm

Somehow I can’t imagine 2 less exciting candidates…. except maybe Hutchinson.

JackinSilverSpring | June 1, 2023 at 2:41 pm

Christie turned out to be a disappointment as governor of NJ. I especially find it unforgivable that he raised gas taxes to finance the rebuilding of a train station after a train demolished the station. Why should vehicular traffic have to subsidize rail transportation? The people who should pay are the ones who utilize the rails, not the ones who don’t.

    Did you like either his predecessor or his successor better?

    Sir Galahad will never be on the ballot he is a myth.

    healthguyfsu in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | June 1, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    I’m not condoning that decision, but you could make an argument that rail transportation reduces traffic density on the roads which is a win for drivers.

    And no I’m not even remotely interested in voting for Christie.

Pence can run all he wants but will never ever get a vote from me

How is it the “Big Bridge Debacle” can topple Christie – but the “Afghanistan Withdrawal” doesn’t topple Biden?

Bitterlyclinging | June 1, 2023 at 4:12 pm

Just remember Christie’s refusal to run against the Obammunist in 2012, despite the many entreaties put to him.
He could have stood up then, as many Americans have in the past, did.
Walter Ehlers, John Basilone, Herschel W Williams….
Why is he doing such today against America’s candidate?

    Bitterlyclinging in reply to Bitterlyclinging. | June 1, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Mebbe its the campaign funding from the big donors. Ten dollahs for me and ten dollahs for you. Now its still ten dollahs for me but five dollahs for you.
    Just remember 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich, seated aboard his campaign aircraft at the end of the runway preparing to take off for his next campaign appearance when Kasich received a call from his donor telling him to pack his campaign in.

    Yep, he missed his moment. Too bad, so sad. Next!

    Comparing a man wanting to become president to John Basilone is an insult to everyone who died at Iwo Jima and to the heroism he displayed at Guadalcanal. Williams by the way survived Iwo Jima to die very recently so show his heroism some respect please. Bernie Sanders ran for president, it is not even remotely close to the same league as not only facing the horrors of the Pacific campaign but going above and beyond in it.

    You are right 2012 was his moment and he missed it, and is trying to make up for it by playing spoiler on behalf of Trump. But show some respect for the actual heroes of America’s 20th century.

Brokeback Boardwalk is a deep state tool that is just another knife aimed at Trumps back. Screw him

Gremlin1974 | June 1, 2023 at 7:03 pm

I am asking seriously. What do these people waste the money knowing they have no chance and will just be an “also ran”? Seriously what do they get out of it?

It is clear right now that one of 2 people will be the candidate, but we always have this flock of zero chance morons who gum up the works, I just don’t get it.

    diver64 in reply to Gremlin1974. | June 2, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Money. Even if he gets a few million from some fool that is enough to form a PAC which other candidates will pursue and Christy is back in the limelight if just for a little while

Well, confidentially, I’m running, too!


If Geraldo thinks it’s a good idea, that’s good enough for me.

It is kind interesting. I doubt Pence or Christie will take any votes away from Trumps bases. The bigger the field, the more I think it will hurt DeSantis.

    txvet2 in reply to MarkSmith. | June 2, 2023 at 12:28 am

    Unlikely. As is usually the case, most of these fringe candidates will run ut of money and disappear in the first couple of months.

ChrisPeters | June 3, 2023 at 9:19 am

Christie is delusional. Some candidates enter the race without any serious hope of actually gaining the nomination, but are really seeking the VP slot. Christie has no chance at the VP slot, or any other position within a Republican administration. No serious people view him as a meaningful or important figure.