January 12, 2024

Chris Christie

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday suspended his Republican presidential bid just days before Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, ceding to growing pressure to drop out of the race from those desperate to deny Donald Trump a glidepath to the nomination…

“Christie did not immediately endorse any of [his] rivals… He was overheard on a hot mic before the event began criticizing former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. ‘She’s going to get smoked,’ he said in an audio broadcast on the campaign’s livestream feed. ‘She’s not up to this.’ He was also overheard saying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had called him, petrified, but the audio was cut before he finished the thought.” AP News

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The right is divided about Christie.

From the Left

The left praises Christie’s criticism of Trump.

The left praises Christie’s criticism of Trump.

A libertarian's take

“Christie deserves praise for being the lone candidate in the race with the courage to directly challenge the Republican frontrunner, former President Donald Trump… And he was the rare Republican in the race who seemed interested in actually winning the nomination—as opposed to playing for second place and hoping prosecutors, the 14th Amendment, or the actuarial tables will prevent Trump from becoming the GOP nominee…

“He was also the only candidate willing to point out that Trump's trade wars accomplished nothing. His defense of parents' rights and trans rights at the last debate was rooted in the belief that, in his words, ‘Republicans believe in less government, not more, and less involvement with government, not more involvement in people's lives.’ Mark it down, because that may be the last time in this presidential cycle you'll hear a Republican make that sort of argument.”
Eric Boehm, Reason

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