According to reports, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to announce his 2024 presidential campaign “in the coming days.”
“New Hampshire Today” host Chris Ryan said multiple sources with direct knowledge told him Christie will launch his presidential bid soon.
“Multiple sources with direct knowledge are telling me that @ChrisChristie will be announcing a run for President in the coming days. The campaign will be focused on New Hampshire and will have the financial backing of Mets owner Steve Cohen, among others,” Ryan wrote.
Scoop: Multiple sources with direct knowledge are telling me that @ChrisChristie will be announcing a run for President in the coming days. The campaign will be focused on New Hampshire and will have the financial backing of Mets owner Steve Cohen, among others. #NHPolitics #FITN
— Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyan603) May 18, 2023
The New York Post reported:
Hedge fund founder Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served in the Trump administration, said Wednesday that he plans to back Christie in the GOP primary and also expects Cohen and other Wall Street execs to bankroll the campaign.
Cohen spent millions supporting pro-Christie super PACs during the former governor’s failed 2016 bid for the White House.
Christie has served on the Mets’ board of directors since 2021.
An ex-supporter of former President Donald Trump, Christie has now become a vocal critic of the 76-year-old former commander-in-chief.
During a radio interview earlier this month, Christie accused Trump of being “afraid” to participate in the 2024 primary debates because he would have to “get on the stage against people who are serious.”
Christie also revealed that he has “deep questions” about whether Trump “really cares about the country.”
In another May interview, the former governor argued that Trump getting the nod in 2024 would be “bad for the Republican Party” and that the real estate mogul has no shot at beating President Biden in the general election.
An opinion piece in NJ.com also indicated Christie will soon announce his presidential campaign.
Which he will do, mark my words, within the next week or two. He’s been dropping big hints in the national media and walked right up to the edge on Sunday during his regular appearance on ABC News’ This Week. His friends tell me they expect him to run. And his wife, Mary Pat, is urging him to run this time, unlike in 2016.
“It’s in his DNA,” says Sen. Jon Bramnick, an old friend. “I don’t think money makes him tick. And playing golf doesn’t. I’m encouraging him to run. I don’t want to talk about the discussions, but I’m encouraging him 100 percent.”
Christie has been consulting his old crew about it, including Maria Comella, Bill Palatucci and Mike DuHaime — all of whom dislike Trump intensely.
Comella went so far as to endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016, after Trump won the nomination. Palatucci calls Trump “unfit to be president.” And DuHaime, in a weekly Star-Ledger column, Friendly Fire, seems to dislike Trump as much as I do, calling him a “self-pitying billionaire born rich, yet always playing the victim.” Christie himself has vowed that he won’t vote for Trump, even if he is the GOP nominee.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) filed paperwork with the FEC, indicating he’s entering the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to announce his presidential campaign later this month.
The 2024 GOP presidential primary currently consists of Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Larry Elder, and Asa Hutchinson.