The field of Republican candidates in the race for the White House continues to grow, as the former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has announced his candidacy for presidency. However, in internal party polls, Trump leads.
Another Republican Candidate
Before the US presidential election next year, former Trump advisor Chris Christie has thrown his hat into the ring as another Republican candidate. The current critic of the former president and former prosecutor submitted his formal application documents. "I want your support," Christie told the audience in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Christie had wanted to be his party's presidential candidate in 2016, but withdrew due to poor results in the primaries. Christie is seen as a former confidant of former President Donald Trump. In 2020, their relationship deteriorated because Trump refused to acknowledge Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.
In his speech, the 60-year-old directly attacked the former president: "Donald Trump made us smaller by dividing us further and playing one group off against another every day." Christie also criticized Trump's obsession with the mirror, his unwillingness to admit fault, his tendency to blame others for failures, and his eagerness to take credit for everything that goes well.
Trump commented on Christie's speech on his Twitter alternative, Truth Social, as "boring" - it had been hard to endure. Christie also criticized those who say “we shouldn't care what's happening in Ukraine” and that Americans should be indifferent to Russia's efforts to bring a free and freedom-loving country under its control, in his speech which detailed the history of the United States.
Growing Republican Field
Trump had already announced in November of last year that he intends to run for president again in 2024. Now, the field of Republican candidates has grown significantly. Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and several others have announced their candidacy in recent weeks.
Trump's former vice president, Mike Pence, has also submitted the necessary documents, and his official announcement is expected on Wednesday. In internal party polls, Trump remains in the lead.