Christie wants to be the GOP’s top anti-Trumper

Trump, flanked by Chris Christie and Rep. Tom MacArthur, headlining a 2017 Bedminster, New Jersey fundraiser.

Chris Christie wanted to be president, then Donald Trump’s vice president, then his attorney general.

In present day? He’s aiming for a role as the GOP’s anti-Trumper-in-chief. On Sunday, the ex-governor took a giant wet dump on his former ally’s 2024 prospects on ABC’s This Week program, insisting that Biden would defeat Trump in a hypothetical 2020 rematch. Trump characteristically refused to take Christie’s insult sitting down. 

“‘Sloppy’ Chris Christie, the failed former Governor of New Jersey, spent almost his entire last year in office campaigning in New Hampshire for the Republican Nomination for President. Much like his term in office, where he left with an Approval Rating of just 9%, his Presidential campaign was a complete disaster,” Trump fired back via his Truth Social platform.

“He endorsed me the following day, later recommended Chris Wray for the FBI (how did that work out?), went down in flames, and then was SALVAGED by ABC FAKE NEWS. I never wanted him!” Trump added.

Christie subsequently declared Trump’s retort a “new tantrum.”

“I’m the target of Donald Trump’s new tantrum. None of his lies about me today bothered him when he asked me to prep him for every general election debate or offered me 3 different cabinet posts,” Christie tweeted.

Of course Christie isn’t really a “target.” He started this particular exchange, and Chris Christie (who’s been ramping up his criticism of Trump over the past several months) rarely does anything without thinking about it.

This is a strategy for whatever the next thing is. Whatever that may be!

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