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Trump and Chris Christie trade blows over 2024: Ex-President attacks former New Jersey governor as ‘sloppy’ after he predicts Donald WON’T beat Biden in a rematch election
Donald Trump appears to be keeping a close eye on the Sunday news shows today, as evidenced by his swift attack on ex-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.’
Not four hours after the program concluded, Trump took to his Truth Social app to mock his formal presidential rival.
‘“Sloppy” Chris Christie, the failed former Governor of New Jersey, spent almost his entire last year in office campaigning in New Hampshire for the Republican Nomination for President,’ the ex-president wrote.
‘Much like his term in office, where he left with an Approval Rating of just 9%, his Presidential campaign was a complete disaster.’
Chris Christie poured cold water on Donald Trump’s 2024 prospects on Sunday morning when asked about a new poll showing 49 percent of Republicans want someone else to run
Trump also appeared to blame Christie for his appointment of FBI Director Chris Wray, who the ex-president reportedly sought to fire for failing to be another yes-man in his orbit.
He also claimed Christie’s career was only revived by his contract as a talking head with ABC News.
‘He endorsed me the following day, later recommended Chris Wray for the FBI (how did that work out?), went down in flames, and then was SALVAGED by ABC FAKE NEWS,’ Trump said of Christie.
‘I never wanted him!’
Christie turned on Trump in the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot, and has been a key Republican critic of his and his allies’ 2020 election fraud claims.
He’s been among several GOP names floated to potentially challenge Trump in 2024.
The ex-president is so far the only declared Republican challenger for the next election, with his former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley expected to announce her campaign later this month.
Christie, whose speeches at key Republican events and his recent memoir have raised their own 2024 rumors, was asked by ABC why more candidates aside from Trump have not gotten into the race.
‘Everybody is playing around with the idea of “Will I run, won’t I run” and I think the reason it’s developing slowly…is nobody sees any imperative to do it,’ the ex-governor said.
The former president has been lightening quick to respond to challenges 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 at?’
He said Trump’s ‘whole life is about shooting at people.’
‘Why do you necessarily want to be the first in the pool to do that?’ Christie added.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released on 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.
However, overall, the survey suggests that Americans are over both Biden 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 survey respondents called on Biden to pass his torch to another member of his party in 2024.
The poll shows that only 7% of voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about a Biden reelection bid while 17% feel the same about a second term with Trump
Source: DailyMail UK