(DCWatchdog.com) – Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced he is considering running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and the White House.
Christie was a two-term GOP governor of New Jersey from 2010 – 2018. In 2017, he briefly served under President Donald Trump as the head of the short-lived Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission.
In 2016, Christie ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination. After dropping out of the race, he endorsed Trump and later joined the Trump campaign.
In a Fox News interview, the former New Jersey governor declared he was “definitely thinking about running” for president and intended to decide within the next 60 days.
His comments came ahead of a town hall meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics that he held on Monday night.
“Someone who is seriously considering running for president should go out there and talk to people and see what reaction you get,” Christie stated, as cited by The National Review.
He added that his decision on seeking the 2024 GOP nomination would be determined by three factors: whether he could see a pathway to victory over Donald Trump and Florida’s GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, whether he has something to offer the country, and whether his family supports him.
“If I answer yes to all three of those questions, then I’ll run. If I answer no to one of them, then I won’t,” Christie commented.
Since quitting the Trump administration, Christie has become increasingly critical of the former president.
“He told us during that campaign in ’16 that we were going to do so much winning that we would be sick of winning. Yet in 2018, we lost the House; in 2020, we lost the White House and we lost the Senate; and in 2022, we lost more governorships, another seat in the Senate, and historically underperformed in the House,” the former governor recently told The Washington Examiner.
“So, I’m tired of losing, and I’m tired of being disappointed. And I think most Republicans are, too. And that argument needs to be made and made directly to the people of our party. And then we’re going to see how they react,” Christie elaborated at the time.
The only candidates to have officially entered the 2024 Republican presidential nomination competition so far are former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor and former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and conservative commentators and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, is rumored to enter the race in May. Other potential candidates are former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).
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.@GovChristie said he is “definitely thinking about running” for president in 2024 and plans to make a decision in the next 60 days. | @brittybernstein https://t.co/Egv1AE1LiF
— National Review (@NRO) March 27, 2023