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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday and wasted no time throwing punches at former President Donald Trump.
Christie officially filed the paperwork early in the afternoon before speaking with a group of voters in New Hampshire where he repeatedly hammered the former president on a variety of issues.
Christie went through a list of things that the former president promised to do while in office, but did not accomplish. At the top of the list, Christie repeatedly criticized the former president for not completing the border wall.
The former governor also took multiple swipes at Trump’s character, saying that the former president never admits when he is wrong and always blames and attacks those around him when things go awry.
“Beware, because that leader not only will not serve you, they will not be able to find anybody who will serve them. And a lonely, self-consumed, self-serving mirror hog is not a leader,” Christie said. “Let me be clear, in case I have not been already, the person I am talking about who is obsessed with the mirror, who never admits a mistake, who never admits a fault, and will always find someone else and something else to blame for whatever goes wrong, but finds every reason to take credit for anything that goes right, is Donald Trump.”
Christie’s pointed case against Trump:
“let me be clear…the person I am talking about who is obsessed with the mirror, who never admits a mistakes, who never admits a fault…is Donald Trump.“ pic.twitter.com/GQ7OTQktqn
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) June 6, 2023
Trump responded to Christie’s announcement with a post on social media: “How many times did Chris Christie use the word SMALL? Does he have a psychological problem with SIZE? Actually, his speech was SMALL, and not very good. It rambled all over the place, and nobody had a clue of what he was talking about. Hard to watch, boring, but that’s what you get from a failed Governor (New Jersey) who left office with a 7% approval rating and then got run out of New Hampshire. This time, it won’t be any different!”
Polling analyst Steve Kornacki said late last month that Christie “probably faces the steepest hill of any of the ’24 GOP candidates” to become the party’s nominee, but signaled that he could do serious damage to Trump.
Christie was widely credited with knocking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) out of the 2016 presidential race with a brutal series of attacks during the Republican debates.
“So while the general assumption is that Trump benefits with every new candidate who enters, I do wonder if Christie could be an exception — that he ends up serving as a battering ram for DeSantis (or whoever has the clearest shot at Trump) in a key moment — a reversal of ’16,” he said. “The effect may not be to boost his own chances of winning, but more to land meaningful blows against Trump that no other Republican has figured out how to land, thereby boosting a non-Trump candidate.”
Republican strategist Mike Murphy said during an interview earlier this month that Christie’s campaign would effectively be Christie “lighting a stick of dynamite and running right at Donald Trump.”