Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been both an adviser to and critic of President Donald Trump, has raised some eyebrows with his recent take on the 2024 presidential race.
In an interview this week, Christie acknowledged that he had not ruled out another White House bid in four years — even if Trump is also a candidate in the GOP primary for that election cycle. His admission came in response to a question from radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday.
“Lying in isolation in ICU for seven days”
Christie has served as an adviser to the president as recently as the debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In retrospect, however, the ex-governor was critical of Trump’s performance, asserting that it was not in line with the advice he had provided.
In his recent interview, Hewitt brought up the debate, noting that Christie is thought to have contracted COVID-19 during preparation for the event.
“You know, lying in isolation in ICU for seven days, I thought about how wrong I was to remove my mask at the White House,” he said.
Christie went on to reprimand Trump for repeatedly interrupting Biden, recalling the advice he had given the president about Biden: “If you let him talk, he will hurt himself.”
When the conversation turned to a possible campaign against Trump in 2024, he told Hewitt that he “would not rule it out.”
“We’ll see where we go from here”
Toward the end of the discussion, Hewitt circled back to the same topic and asked if the 2016 candidate had already reserved a campaign website URL for a 2024 bid.
“Well, but ChrisChristie.com is, sir,” Christie replied. “So we’re going to keep that one, and we’ll see where we go from here, Hugh.”
As Fox News reported, this was not the first time he has flirted with the possibility of another campaign.
“I wouldn’t foreclose any possibility,” he explained in a July interview. “Would I consider running? Sure, absolutely.”
Furthermore, Christie has recently expressed his “fundamental disagreement” with Trump’s claims of election fraud as well as the subsequent refusal to concede the race to Biden. He went on to argue that “rituals and traditions and norms” dictated Trump should attend Biden’s prospective inauguration.