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Christie Makes Big Announcement As His Campaign Continues To Struggle

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Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, has announced his intention to remain in the Republican primary race to the nomination convention.

Christie, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, chose to ignore a recent CNN poll that shows he is falling behind Trump and Haley in New Hampshire—a state he is keen on winning—even though he is the frontrunner.

In an effort to rally support for a candidate who could successfully challenge Trump, the clear front-runner in the race, Christie rejected the idea of working with Haley or withdrawing early.

“I think Gov. Haley and I both have the same goal, and that is to be president of the United States,” Christie said on “State of the Union.” “I think we’re showing great momentum in New Hampshire. We’ve been gaining over the last couple of weeks. I think we’re going to continue to gain in that fight. And I think we’re going to do very, very well in New Hampshire on January 23.”

“This idea of people just doing math and adding up numbers—that’s not the way voters vote. And so, you know, I would say to everybody out there, let’s let the campaign move forward,” Christie added.

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“I anticipate being in this race all the way to the convention, Dana,” Christie stated when asked if he intends to stay in the race beyond the New Hampshire primary. Thus, without a doubt, yes.

Another indication that Christie plans to remain in the race for the time being is his announcement that he will campaign in Michigan, the site of the primary that takes place in late February.

Despite “focusing most of our time and energy” on New Hampshire at the moment, Christie told ABC News that “our next two focuses… will be South Carolina and Michigan.”

“We believe in both of those states we could do quite well,” Christie told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. “We’ve already been on the ground in South Carolina a number of times in this campaign, and we’re getting ready to start going to Michigan.”

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“You know, I really see people now finally starting to dig in, figure out who they think is saying the things that they want to hear, and tell them the truth to the voters in New Hampshire. I think that’s going to make a huge difference,” Christie said.

“You look at those numbers; John McCain was in third place at this point in 2007, going into the ‘08 primary. That’s exactly where I am, and we think we’re going to have a very similar result,” he added.

Christie also criticized Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for their lack of vocal opposition to Trump in spite of his obvious lead. He claimed that the three attacks could be the difference between Trump’s downfall and the election of a different contender.

“If all three of us would go after Donald Trump, well then, the most credible amongst the three of us in terms of those, those critiques would wind up winning, winning this primary, I believe. And so we need to all be talking about the guy who’s in first place,” Christie said.

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The former New Jersey governor, who was engulfed in scandal toward the end of his tenure, was the first among the other GOP contenders in 2016 to endorse Trump and became a top outside adviser to the then-president. He also chaired Trump’s prominent commission on opioids.

However, a rift emerged between the two following Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Biden. Over the past three years, Christie has transformed into one of the most vocal Trump critics within the Republican Party.

Throughout his campaign, Christie has dogged Trump and challenged him to show up to the GOP debates so they can square off face-to-face.

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