Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie launched his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, wasting no time in criticizing his predecessor, Donald Trump. After completing the necessary paperwork in the morning, Christie addressed a crowd of New Hampshire voters, directing his criticisms towards Trump on various issues.
Christie highlighted the unfulfilled campaign promises made by the outgoing president, specifically expressing his dissatisfaction with Trump’s failure to complete the border wall. He took jabs at Trump’s character, accusing him of evading responsibility for his mistakes and consistently shifting blame onto others.
Describing a leader who not only refuses to serve the people but also fails to find anyone else to do so, Christie emphasized, “A leader who is lonely, self-absorbed, and constantly seeking attention is not truly a leader.” He made it clear that he was referring to Donald Trump, highlighting Trump’s obsession with himself, refusal to admit fault, tendency to blame others for failures, and eagerness to take credit for any success.
In response to Christie’s speech, Trump took to social media, questioning the former governor’s repeated use of the word “small” and suggesting psychological issues related to Christie’s size. Trump criticized Christie’s speech as lacking coherence and being difficult to understand, typical of an unpopular former governor of New Jersey who was defeated in New Hampshire. Trump dismissed Christie’s chances of success in the current campaign, asserting that history would repeat itself.
While Christie faces a tough challenge in securing the Republican nomination, polling expert Steve Kornacki noted that he could potentially harm Trump’s campaign if successful. Christie’s past aggressive attacks on Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential campaign are credited with derailing Rubio’s chances.
Speculating further, Kornacki suggested that Christie could be a formidable opponent to Trump or any candidate with the best chance of defeating him. This could significantly impact Trump’s campaign, as no other Republican has managed to land meaningful blows against him. Republican strategist Mike Murphy warned that Christie’s presidential run would be akin to “lighting a stick of dynamite and charging straight at Donald Trump.”