Now that the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, decided to throw himself into the arena of the Republican primaries for the White House, a couple of undecideds have followed suit: the former governor of New Jersey, chris christieand the former vice president, Mike Pence, will do the same these days.
Both have a characteristic in common, they broke with the former president donald trumpwho presents himself as the main candidate and who in the last year has dedicated himself to denigrating them.
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The former governor is expected to launch this, his second Republican presidential campaign, in New Hampshire. Christie, who already ran in 2016, plans to make the announcement at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, according to a person familiar with his thinking who spoke to the agency. PA under condition of anonymity.
The moment comes after several of his advisers launched a super political action committee to support his candidacy. Christie has portrayed himself as the only potential candidate willing to aggressively take on former President Donald Trump, the current favorite for the nomination.
Christie, a former federal prosecutor, was a longtime friend and adviser to Trump, but broke with him over his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election. Since then, Christie has become one of the former president’s leading critics.
The former New Jersey governor is near the bottom in the polls, dropping out of the 2016 presidential race one day after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary.
In addition to Trump, Christie would join a Republican field that includes DeSantis; US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina; former UN ambassador Nikki Haley; former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is expected to announce his candidacy on June 7, according to two Republican operatives. And former Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to launch a campaign soon.
Allies believe that Christie, who has been working as an analyst for ABC News, has a unique ability to communicate. They say his candidacy could help prevent a repeat of 2016, when Trump’s rivals largely refrained from directly attacking the New York businessman, wrongly assuming he would collapse on his own.
Christie has also repeatedly said that he will not race if he does not see a path to victory. “I’m not a contract killer,” she recently told the magazine Political.
While Christie is expected to spend much of her time in New Hampshire early voting, as she did in 2016, advisers see the path to the nomination as going through Trump and envision an unconventional national campaign where Christie can interact directly. with the former president.