Several people close to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have told Axios that he is serious about running again for the White House in 2024.
While this isn't exactly a new development – Christie told radio host Hugh Hewitt back in December that he wouldn't rule out a possible run – challengers need to start early.
For those contemplating a run in 2024, the obvious elephant in the room is whether former President Donald Trump will do another run for the president as well. Any challenger's plan depends heavily on Trump's plans, including Christie.
REPORT: Chris Christie tells friends he's considering a 2024 presidential election https://t.co/8UElw9r1wp
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) April 21, 2021
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What are Christie's chances?
Chris Christie ran for the highest office in the country in 2016 and the attempt was far from successful.
Axios reports that Christie's appeal would depend on the experience of senior executives, no less in a blue state (after serving as governor of New Jersey) as well as a former federal attorney.
If recent events are any indication, the eventual GOP candidate will likely be very strong on law and order.
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According to Axios, Christie has told friends that he is currently the only one in the field with leadership experience and has run a presidential campaign.
Apparently, Christie believes this would give him an edge over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is popular with voters for his way of dealing with COVID-19 and his willingness to fight the media.
Chris Christie: The GOP has to call Biden a liar https://t.co/RzvChNmnky pic.twitter.com/Kke0dOPbCK
– Newsmax (@newsmax) April 16, 2021
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A crowded and interesting field
The field of potential candidates for the Republican nomination is currently overflowing, although it is too early to make official announcements.
In addition to Christie and DeSantis, a few names have been mentioned: former Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rick Scott and Tom Cotton, the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley.
But the most fascinating prospect is, of course, Donald Trump.
In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday, Trump said he was "very serious" if he thought about another run in 2024.
"I'm saying that, I take it very seriously, beyond that seriously," said Trump.
"From a legal point of view, I don't really want to talk about it yet – it's a little early." Trump added that what he misses most when he is president is "helping people".
Trump at run 2024:
"I take it very seriously – beyond that, seriously." pic.twitter.com/0qlUanXD04
– Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 20, 2021
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The GOP fixes things
Like any family, the Republican Party has its share of infighting.
But it's also a very busy place right now. Recently, Donald Trump hosted a large gathering of hopes for the President and others running for office at his Mar-a-Lago resort. However, Christie was not among the participants.
Another emerging group that appears to be high on the list of possible candidates is a meeting with the House's conservative caucus, the Republican Studies Committee.
Christie met with the caucus and told the GOP that they had to "get tough" on Joe Biden.
During the meeting with the caucus, Christie also blamed Trump for the House and Senate losses in 2020. It remains to be seen how well this will go.
And earlier this week, the Republican National Committee released impressive donation figures not only for the month of March, but also for the first quarter of 2021.
Political Insider's 2024 survey shows some interesting results.
Among the six candidates selected at the time of inception, Donald Trump is (by a large margin) the top three, followed by DeSantis and Trump Jr.
Former Vice President Pence lagged behind all decisions by just 2.55%.
You can view the survey here.
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