Bridge-Jammer Chris Christie Considers 2024 Bid, Derided Incessantly
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – infamous for the “bridgegate” scandal in which he caused horrific traffic jams while trying to retaliate against a political adversary – is allegedly planning on entering the crowded 2024 Republican field.
Once a Trump loyalist, Christie turned against the former president and has spent recent months bashing him as the former New Jersey executive prepares to launch his campaign.
“New Hampshire Today” host Chris Ryan claimed “multiple sources with direct knowledge” told him the news – also alleging that 2024 hopeful had the backing of Mets owner Steve Cohen, who gave the disgraced governor millions during his bid in the 2016 election.
Scoop: Multiple sources with direct knowledge are telling me that @ChrisChristie will be announcing a run for President in the coming days. The campaign will be focused on New Hampshire and will have the financial backing of Mets owner Steve Cohen, among others. #NHPolitics #FITN
— Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyan603) May 18, 2023
Almost immediately after the announcement, Governor Christie was relentlessly mocked by onlookers.
Controversial political operative and longtime Trump supporter Roger Stone made a now-viral jab on Twitter, with his weight insult garnering almost 500 thousand views.
.@ChrisChristie needs to run. Not for President. He just needs to run,
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) May 19, 2023
Fox’s “The Five” host Geraldo Rivera tried building hype for the soon-to-be campaign but received a mix of backlash and laughter from his audience, with the tweet having almost two times more responses than likes.
“Chris Christie would be a terrific, tough-to-beat, no nonsense, entirely competent, hugely responsible, moderately arrogant, sufficiently pragmatic POTUS. Not yet endorsing, but appreciate the opportunity, Christie for POTUS.” ~Geraldo Rivera
What world do you live in?
— NUCLEAR MAGA SCOTT (@ColoradoGuy2424) May 19, 2023
"Tough-to-beat?" I hate to break it to you, Geraldo, but I think you could beat Christie. If he was the only candidate running, people would vote for you over him. And that's saying a lot.
— Tanya Berlaga (@TBerlaga) May 19, 2023
Just saw Chris Christie at our local County Fair where he took 1st place in the hot dog eating contest. I wasn’t too impressed.
— Franc Pea (@Doubleraise) May 19, 2023
The New Jersey native previously competed against Trump and a crowded GOP field during the 2016 election and had abysmal results.
Christie was among the first to drop out of the race following the beginning of the primaries, sitting in 9th place in the 2016 GOP primary. Christie also had a relatively timid demeanor on the 2016 debate stage, being outshined by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.
At the core of the alleged Chris Christie campaign would be the idea of “moderate conservatism.” In several recent interviews, he has indicated disagreement with the current Republican push to resist the massive advances of the left.
He has launched relentless attacks against President Trump, saying his questioning of the 2020 election shows he isn’t a “real conservative.”
The only thing you got right was “hugely”
— Blake Bassham (@blakewbassham) May 20, 2023
Christie has also been ramping up his attacks on other GOP stars – saying that Ron DeSantis is “not conservative” for his relentless fight against the woke agenda in Florida.
“I don’t think we should be heavily regulating business. I don’t think we should be telling business what to do, what to say, how to think. [The fight against Disney] rightfully makes a lot of people question [DeSantis’] judgment and his maturity.”
Despite criticizing the “maturity” of DeSantis’s political war against the left, Christie completely exited politics following his questionably effective and scandalous retribution against a New Jersey mayor – something which, unlike DeSantis’s attacks, were highly unpopular and directly hurt his voter base.
Christie also seems to think he’s the better negotiator, saying about the Florida governor:
“That’s not the guy I want sitting across from President Xi and negotiating our next agreement with China, or sitting across from Putin and trying to resolve what’s happening in Ukraine.”
Christie and DeSantis are expected to announce their campaign within the next week.
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