Trump and Chris Christie trade blows in 2024: Former president attacks former New Jersey governor as ‘careless’ after he predicted Donald will NOT beat Biden in rematch election
Donald Trump seems to be keeping an eye on today’s Sunday news shows, as evidenced by his swift attack on former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for casting doubt on the former president’s 2024 prospects.
The former Republican governor and 2016 White House candidate told ABC News ‘This Week when asked if Trump could beat President Joe Biden in the next race: “I don’t think so.”
Less than four hours after the show concluded, Trump took to his Truth Social app to mock his formal presidential rival.
“‘Careless’ Chris Christie, the failed former governor of New Jersey, spent nearly his entire last year in office campaigning in New Hampshire for the Republican nomination for president,” the former president wrote.
“Like his tenure, where he left with an approval rating of only 9%, his presidential campaign was a complete disaster.”
Chris Christie poured cold water on Donald Trump’s 2024 prospects Sunday morning when asked about a new poll showing that 49 percent of Republicans want someone else to run.
Trump also appeared to blame Christie for his appointment of FBI director Chris Wray, whom the former president reportedly tried to fire for not being another yes man in his orbit.
He also claimed that Christie’s career was only revived by his contract as a talking head with ABC News.
“He backed me up the next day, then recommended Chris Wray to the FBI (how did that work?), caught fire, then was SAVED by ABC FAKE NEWS,” Trump said of Christie.
I never wanted it!
Christie turned on Trump after the January 6 Capitol riot and has been a key Republican critic of his and his allies’ 2020 voter fraud claims.
He has been among several Republican names put forward to potentially challenge Trump in 2024.
The former president is so far the only declared Republican challenger for the upcoming election, and his former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, is expected to announce her campaign later this month.
ABC asked Christie, whose speeches at key Republican events and her recent memoirs have sparked her own 2024 rumors, why more candidates besides Trump have not joined the race.
“Everyone is toying with the idea of ’Will I run, won’t I run?’ And I think the reason it’s developing slowly … is that no one sees any imperative to do it,” the former governor said.
The former president has been quick to respond to questions and doubts about his candidacy
He attacked Christie on Truth Social less than four hours after the news show concluded.
“Who wants to be first in the pool with Donald Trump, when he has no one else to shoot?”
He said that “Trump’s whole life is about shooting people.”
‘Why do you necessarily want to be the first in the pool to do that?’ added Christie.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows Trump narrowly beating Biden in a hypothetical rematch, by a margin of 48 percent to 45.
The three-point difference is within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error.
Overall, though, the poll suggests Americans are ahead of Biden’s and Trump’s candidacies.
A 49 percent plurality of likely Republican voters said they want someone other than Trump to be their White House nominee.
Meanwhile, a 58 percent majority of Democratic respondents called on Biden to pass the torch to another member of his party in 2024.
The poll shows that only 7% of voters are “enthusiastic” about Biden’s re-election, while 17% feel the same way about a second term with Trump.