Christie Breaks RNC Commitment, Declines to Support Trump in Upcoming Election
In a recent turn of events, Chris Christie, the former Governor of New Jersey and a Republican presidential hopeful, openly declared that he would not support former President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election. This statement marks a significant shift from Christie’s earlier stance, particularly considering his participation in the debates organized by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, this announcement could be seen as an attempt by Christie to regain political significance amidst a challenging campaign environment. Fox News’ latest polls show Christie lagging significantly in the GOP primary race, with only 2% support. Additionally, he faces an overwhelmingly negative approval rating.
During an interview on MSNBC with Mike Barnicle, Christie was asked if he would vote for Trump should Trump become the GOP nominee and face off against President Joe Biden. Christie’s response was a straightforward “No.” This decision is a stark deviation from the “Beat Biden” pledge, which he and other candidates had agreed to during the debates. This pledge essentially required all participants, except Trump, to support the eventual Republican nominee to ensure a collective effort against Biden.
Christie’s current stance aligns with the sentiments he expressed back in March, showing his disapproval of the former president. In an interview with Axios, Christie emphasized the importance of truth and stated his inability to support Trump, particularly criticizing Trump’s actions and decisions, such as showcasing the Jan. 6 choir at a rally. Christie’s firm position reflects his belief that Trump is not suitable for the presidency, marking a clear shift from his earlier commitments within the Republican party.