Ex-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vowed ‘to get into the ring’ with Donald Trump in 2024 at a private meeting of Republican kingmakers, sources have told DailyMail.com.
Christie, who has been teasing a 2024 White House run for months, was in the Granite State ahead of its party primary next year.
Christie went on a lengthy rant about Donald Trump at the closed-doors meeting in New Hampshire. The ex-New Jersey governor went on to back the real estate mogul after abandoning his own 2016 presidential run.
Trump dismissed the prospect of a Chris Christie challenge, branding it a waste of time and money on his Truth Social platform on Friday.
The 60-year-old one-time Trump whisperer made his case for a presidential run in a fiery 45-minute rant that focused entirely on the man he went on to back in the 2016 election.
‘It was all about Trump. He was just wants to get into the ring with him and beat him up. He’s not in it to win it,’ said one source present at the previously unreported closed-doors event.
Another source said: ‘Christie seemed very angry. He was saying I am the guy who can take on Trump, but I was left wondering if he had any other policies.’
He will announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination in New Hampshire on Tuesday, sources close to the former governor said.
The former president took to Truth Social on Friday to tell Christie’s backers that they are ‘wasting their time and money.’
But just a mere 1 percent of Republicans see the Trump-bashing Republican as their preferred 2024 nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published last month.
He spectacularly fell out with the former president in 2020 refusing to back his entirely baseless claims that Joe Biden’s 2020 victory was rigged.
The ex-New Jersey federal prosecutor also famously jailed Charles Kushner, the real estate tycoon father of Trump’s son-in-law Jared, in 2004 for tax evasion.
Christie was fired from Trump’s transition team shortly after his presidential election victory just over six years ago.
He himself had launched a botched bid for America’s top job in 2015, only to suspend his campaign in February the following year after a humiliating sixth place finish in New Hampshire.
The former attorney has launched a string of astonishing attacks on Trump since he left the White House, branding him a ‘coward’ and a ‘puppet of Putin’.
He has also attacked Ron DeSantis, the recently-declared Republican candidate, over his ‘war on woke’ battle with Disney.
Christie has attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his state-issued diktats to Disney made under the auspices of his so-called ‘war on woke’.
‘Where are we headed here now that, if you express disagreement in this country, the government is allowed to punish you?’ the former New Jersey governor said in April.
In a thinly-veiled swipe at the leader of the Sunshine State, he added: ‘To me, that’s what I always thought liberals did. And now all of a sudden here we are participating in this with a Republican.’
Christie hinted at the likelihood of a 2024 run earlier in May, saying he was ‘very concerned’ about potential rematch between Trump and President Biden because it would be ‘bad for the Republican Party.’
He will join a crowded Republican field that already includes South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and ex-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and talk radio host Larry Elder are also in the running for the GOP nomination.
Mike Pence, who served as vice president in the previous administration, will declare his plans to run for the White House next week.
But Donald Trump remains the runaway favorite in nationwide opinion polls, as well as in voter surveys in key battleground states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
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