(DailyVantage.com) – In a recent interview, Chris Christie, former New Jersey Governor and 2024 Republican presidential contender, criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, labeling him a “rumormonger” for expressing concern that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Department of Justice (DOJ) might interfere in his campaign. Christie emphasized, “If there were some investigative steps that he thought were inappropriate, then he should reveal that. Otherwise, stop speculating about this stuff.”
This continued scrutiny of the DOJ follows the continued DOJ investigations and probe of former President Donald Trump, which have resulted in a formal target letter issued by special counsel Jack Smith. On his platform, TruthSocial, Trump posted, “[T]he prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ sent a letter, which almost always means an arrest and indictment.”
As a former prosecutor, Christie stated that he believes that Trump is not above the law and that the indictment matches the conduct of the former President. Despite this assessment by Christie, Trump remains the dominant frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination. Aggregate polling by FiveThirtyEight shows that Christie is polling about 3.3% while Trump is at about 50.3%. Christie remains behind DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Though his criticism of Trump and DeSantis sets him apart from the rest of the Republican field, it may not significantly garner support from primary voters who believe that the Biden administration has politicized the FBI and DOJ against conservatives. He at least has the backing of Jared Kushner’s uncle and aunt, who have already made the maximum contributions to Christie’s campaign—$3,300 each.
Although winning the Republican nomination may seem improbable, possibly even statistically impossible, for Christie, he could still meet the criteria to participate in the Republican National Committee’s 2024 presidential primary debate. While he may be able to spar words with DeSantis, Trump is not guaranteed to show. Recently, after meeting with the former President, Megyn Kelly, former FOX host and now podcaster, said that Trump will likely not attend the primary debate. As the debates and primaries draw closer, more drama and political theatrics will likely ensue.
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