On Monday, Former President Donald Trump created a stir on the internet by sharing an unflattering photo of his 2024 GOP rival, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Truth Social, saying:
“Not fit for office, mentally or physically. We need strong people not suffering from a harsh terminal disease, TDS, TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME!!!”
During last week’s GOP presidential debate hosted by NewsNation, Chris Christie stood out as the candidate who most strongly criticized Trump.
“I want you all to kind of picture in your minds Election Day. You’ll all be heading to the polls to vote, and that’s something that Donald Trump will not be able to do because he will be convicted of felonies before then, and his right to vote will be taken away,” Christie said in his opening remarks.
“You know, look, here’s the bottom line. You can boo about it all you like and continue to deny reality, but if we deny reality as a party, we’re going to have four more years of Joe Biden,” he added.
In late November, Chris Christie announced his intention to stay in the Republican primary race until the nominating convention in the summer of the following year.
During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Christie downplayed the significance of a recent CNN poll that positioned him behind former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in New Hampshire, a state he is eager to win. Christie rejected the idea of forming an alliance with Haley or withdrawing early to consolidate support for a candidate who could potentially challenge Trump, the clear frontrunner in the competition.
“I think Gov. Haley and I both have the same goal, and that is to be president of the United States,” Christie said, as noted by New York Magazine. “I think we’re showing great momentum in New Hampshire. We’ve been gaining over the last couple of weeks. I think we’re going to continue to gain in that fight. And I think we’re going to do very, very well in New Hampshire on January 23.”
“This idea of people just doing math and adding up numbers—that’s not the way voters vote. And so, you know, I would say to everybody out there, let’s let the campaign move forward,” Christie added.
Christie then went on to add, “I expect to be in this race through to the convention, Dana. And so yes, absolutely.”