Christie Asks GOP To Find New Direction Outside Trump

In another one of his attacks against his former ally, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is suggesting that the Republican Party needed to chart a new course without the influence of former President Donald Trump. According to him, the former president does not stand a chance in next year’s presidential election.

In a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the 2024 presidential nominee hopeful stated, “I wouldn’t count on anything from Donald Trump, except one thing you can always count on, he will lie to get himself ahead and he will always put himself first before any interest and certainly before our country and Israel.”

He went on to point out Trump’s track record, saying, “Donald Trump never finishes what he started. He said he was going to build a wall across the entire border of the United States and Mexico, he built 52 miles of new wall in four years. He said he was going to balance the budget, he added $7.8 trillion in debt. In the same way he said he was going to bring peace to the Middle East, he did not do that because he didn’t finish the job.”

Bringing in Trump’s legal cases, Christie continued, “We need to keep focused on one thing, Donald Trump is not going to be able to beat Joe Biden from a courtroom in Washington, D.C., while he’s fighting his indictment on the January 6th case. And let me tell you, that indictment got much tougher for him to beat when his own chief of staff has now accepted immunity and will testify against him about the lies he has told in the aftermath of January 6th, and what he was told by his own people about the fact that he had lost the election.”

In Christie’s view, the future of the Republican Party hinges on distancing itself from Trump. “This is going to be a big problem for our party, and we need to cut it off at the pass, get rid of Donald Trump, and move on to honest, strong leadership that will tell the truth,” he concluded, positioning himself as that “strong leadership.”

Despite Christie’s persistent assertions, the polls say differently, as Trump continues to maintain a dominant position in the field of Republican 2024 hopefuls. According to polling from Real Clear Politics, Trump leads the pack with over 59% of support, dwarfing Christie’s 2.4%. The GOP forerunner has even managed to outpace Biden in some polls. For instance, an ABC News poll from last month recorded 51% support for Trump compared to 42% for Biden in a hypothetical November 2024 matchup.