Chris Christie said the idea that he is going to drop out of the race for the 2024 presidential nomination is “crazy” despite declining poll numbers and his failure to qualify for the next Republican debate.
The former New Jersey governor and Trump ally turned former president's leading critic appeared on MSNBC morning joe, saying that “anyone who thinks I'm walking out of this fight is crazy.”
Mr. Christie argued that Mr. Trump's mounting legal problems would lead to the re-election of President Joe Biden, adding that he was not ending his campaign in the face of calls from other Republicans to call it quits. The hill famous. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who has endorsed Trump's former UN ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, appeared on CNN on Sunday to argue that Christie's campaign is at a “dead end.”
“Ultimately, I think a large number of Republican voters will say, ‘This is destined to re-elect Joe Biden,'” Christie told MSNBC. “That's something that I think one of the only things that unites most Republicans is that they don't want to re-elect Joe Biden. And so I will continue to fight it as the only person taking him on directly, and [Nikki Haley] he can play for his candidacy for vice president.”
Mr. Christie dismissed concerns that he did not qualify for the Jan. 10 CNN Iowa debate between Ms. Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSandis, noting that he has not campaigned in the Hawkeye State.
“I've hit every mark you needed to make that have been artificially placed either by the [Republican National Committee] or from some of the networks, and the only place where I didn't mean it was a place like Iowa where I hadn't campaigned, run a TV ad or even appeared,” he said.
In FiveThirtyEight's An average of polls in New Hampshire on Jan. 3 had Mr. Christie at just over 11 percent, compared to Ms. Haley at 25.7 percent and Mr. Trump at just over 44 percent.
In national polls, Mr. Christie is at 3.4 percent, compared with Ms. Haley at 11.2 percent, DeSandis at 12.1 percent and Trump at 61.8 percent.
“I see this as a struggle not only for the soul of my party, but for the soul of our country, and who are we going to be, what kind of government do we want? So why should this race be decided by the polls? I'd rather people vote,” Mr. Christie told MSNBC.
“And if I lose, then I'll have to reevaluate, you know, all of that, but I haven't lost anything yet,” he argued.
Mr Christie also criticized his rivals for pledging to pardon Trump if he is convicted and elected president.
Show on The view On Wednesday, Mr. Christie repeatedly said “no” before host Joey Behar finished asking if he would pardon the former president.
“As governor I granted pardons,” he noted. “And one of the things you have to do is look at the person. The person must accept responsibility for what they did. Do you think Donald Trump will ever accept responsibility for anything he's done?'
“It would really be the easiest pardon decision I would ever have to make as president,” he added. “Don't you accept responsibility? Pity. Go to jail.”
On CNN, commenting on Haley saying she would pardon Trump, Christie said: “As a governor, you can't make these pardon decisions before you hear what the trial is, what the evidence is.”
He said that in order to issue a pardon there must be an “acceptance of responsibility. He will never accept responsibility. Never has, never will. Well, look, she's sorry.”