In February 2016, I checked into the lodge in Nashua, N.H., that functioned as headquarters for the Chris Christie-for-president marketing campaign.
As luck would have it, I bought a room proper subsequent to the suite occupied by the Christie entourage.
I hung round downstairs with the reporters because the outcomes got here in. They weren’t excellent news for our governor.
Regardless of a marketing campaign throughout which he had just about deserted the Backyard State for the Granite State, Christie was coming in sixth in a crowded area. Solely the primary 5 finishers would make it into the debates in South Carolina.
I went again as much as my flooring and stood by the elevator. The door to the suite opened and a gaggle of people that had walked shoulder-to-shoulder in the course of the marketing campaign now stomped down the corridor one after the other scowling.
It was curtains for Christie.
The subsequent morning as I drove down the lane leaving the lodge, I handed a string of “Chris Christie for President” garden indicators planted within the snow. I don’t know if his marketing campaign staff saved any, but when they did they may turn out to be useful in 2024.
That was the consensus amongst New Jerseyans after our ex-governor grew to become one of many first main figures within the GOP to induce President Donald Trump to concede the election.
That got here on ABC-TV’s Sunday morning present “This Week,” on which Christie is an everyday panel member.
Christie was considered one of Trump’s first main supporters again in 2016. So this break with Trump led a whole lot of politicians and pundits to conclude Christie is setting himself up for one more presidential run in 2024.
The place would they get that concept?
Again in July he did an interview with Steve Clemons of The Hill, a Washington-based political journal. Clemons requested the previous chief govt of New Jersey whether or not he nonetheless desired to turn out to be chief govt of the USA.
After Clemons famous that Christie was comparatively younger , Christie replied that he was a mere 57 years previous.
“Once you’ve been a governor you always feel like you have something to contribute, so yeah I would definitely look at 2024,” Christie replied.
However what about that Bridgegate scandal? Would that preclude him from getting elected president?
“Now that we’ve had that cleared away and it’s no longer a controversy, you know, from my perspective, maybe 2024 is time to try to go after that job again,” Christie stated.
Add all of it up and it appears just like the man who was among the many first to leap on Trump’s bus is now among the many first to throw The Donald underneath the bus.
I ran that by a few Republican state senators who have been among the many first main Trump supporters within the state.
“Christie’s my friend, but on this issue I disagree,” stated Joe Pennacchio who represents Christie’s house county of Morris.
Pennacchio identified that the Electoral Faculty doesn’t meet till Dec. 14, which is sort of three weeks away.
“Everyone is allowed his due process,” Pennachio stated. “Let it take its due course. Let it go through the judicial process. I don’t think anybody should have a problem with that.”
Sen. Mike Doherty agreed – aside from the half about being Christie’s good friend. The arch-conservative from Warren County has made a profession out of tangling with Christie.
Doherty stated Christie ought to have stored out of this combat.
“Trump may not finally win re-election, however this difficulty must be confronted by the courts,” Doherty stated.
Doherty stated that he thinks that with Trump off the stage Christie will parlay his frequent tv appearances to determine himself as a “media darling.”
“He wants to be the New John McCain of the Republican Party,” Doherty stated. “He’s part of the media and now wants to be the go-to guy for the moderates.”
However Christie will a tricky time within the post-Trump period, stated Doherty.
“The get together has modified and Trump modified it,” Doherty stated. “Christie has to resolve what he’s gonna be, an Japanese institution George Bush kind or is he gonna be taking the mantle on a few of Trump’s points?”
That’s an apt evaluation of the problem Christie will face over the subsequent few years if he expects to beat a crowded area that might embody Vice President Mike Pence.
“Everybody looks in the mirror and thinks they can be president,” Doherty stated.
However as Christie realized again in 2016, typically the mirror actually does lie.
So for now he can hold these garden indicators underneath wraps.