There was a time when former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was willing to stand side by side with President Donald Trump, but in the wake of the January 6 protest in Washington, D.C., the 2016 Republican presidential candidate has parted ways with the former president and scolded him over his accusations of 2020 election fraud.
On February 6, Christie claimed that the January 6 riot “was incited by Donald Trump” in an effort to intimidate then-Vice President Mike Pence into decertifying election results.
“He wanted the election to be overturned,” Christie told This Week.
.@GovChristie says Jan. 6 “was a riot that was incited by Donald Trump” in an effort to intimidate then-Vice Pres. Pence and Congress.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 6, 2022
It was the clearest sign yet that Christie has not only parted ways with Trump and his Make America Great Again agenda but could be a sign that he’s considering another run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 – despite clear indications that the former president himself will run too.
Christie Urges GOP to Turn Back On Trump
In November 2021, Christie addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting and called on Republicans to stop looking back at the 2020 presidential election and to “move on and talk about issues that voters care about.”
“We can no longer talk about the past and past elections,” he said. “No matter where you stand on that issue, it’s over.”
’22/’24 Watch: @GovChristie -in a speech to #RJCinVegas and in a @FoxNews intv. – makes the case for Republicans to stop looking back to former President Trump’s 2020 election defeat and instead “move on and talk about issues that voters care about” #2022elections #2024Election pic.twitter.com/YMM32Pspe6
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) November 6, 2021
He echoed his message in a Fox News interview after the speech, saying that Republicans will lose if the party looks backward.
“We’ve got to go forward, we’ve got to move on,” he said.
Christie Slams RNC Over Trump Support
Angry that former President Trump still maintains a substantial amount of power and influence within the Republican Party, Christie also hit out at Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, accusing her of “carrying water for Donald Trump.”
The comments came during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” after the Republican Party censured the two anti-Trump Republican legislators on the House Select Committee that claims to be investigating the origins of the January 6 riot in D.C, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
“This is just a majority of 168 people. And the RNC, most of those folks, were put into place over the course of the four years by Donald Trump. And so, it’s certainly Ronna Romney McDaniel who is carrying water for Donald Trump in this regard. And so, let’s not make it bigger than it is,” Christie said.
Is He Running?
Here’s the thing: Chris Christie hasn’t actually spoken about a possible run in 2024. His language, however, shows that he is taking a keen interest in who takes the party forward into the next presidential election.
Whether he launches his own bid for the presidency or not, expect Chris Christie to be among the ranks of Liz Cheney in opposing a third Trump run for the White House.
Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and report on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.