- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dodged questions about whether he would support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee for president in 2024.
- Christie, who ran for president in 2016 against Trump and a slew of other Republicans, is said to be weighing his own run in 2024.
- Trump has teased his decision to run for president in 2024 but has not committed to the race.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sidestepped a question on whether he would support former President Donald Trump for president in 2024 if he were to be the GOP nominee.
“I don’t know that he’s going to run. I don’t know whether I’m going to run,” Christie told CNN’s Dana Bash in a clip of series episode airing Monday. “He’s seriously considering it. Let’s see who he is and what he says and how he conducts himself.”
Christie, who is considering a 2024 presidential run himself, ran for president against Trump and a slew of other Republicans in 2016.
“I’m not going to sit here in 2021 and pre-judge all this,” Christie told Bash, adding that he voted for Trump twice. “I voted for him in ’16 and in ’20. On election night in ’20, I said that what he was doing was absolutely horrible and wrong and continued to be. You can draw whatever conclusions from that you want.”
“But in the end, in 2021, the idea of making predictions for 2024 is folly,” Christie added. “There’s no reason to create tumult in a party that already has a lot of tumult in it.”
Christie threw his support behind Trump after the 2016 election, but he has since lost favor with the former president. At the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas earlier this month, Christie said Trump should “move on” from the 2020 election.
Following Christie’s comments, Trump issued a press release saying Christie “was just absolutely massacred by his statements” in Las Vegas. Christie responded by mocking the former president’s 2020 election loss, Insider’s Eliza Relman reported.
“I’m not gonna get into a back-and-forth with Donald Trump,” Christie said. “But what I will say is this: When I ran for reelection in 2013, I got 60% of the vote. When he ran for reelection, he lost to Joe Biden.”