Close friends of the former governor have reported that Chris Christie is strongly considering running for President in the upcoming 2024 election. This would make it his second attempt at the office following his 2016 bid, in which he dropped from the race after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary. Christie went on to endorse Donald Trump and even served as his transition chief once he was elected.
Christie has also made comments that seem to be directed at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, claiming he’d be “the only person in the 2024 field with executive experience who has run a presidential race before.” At this time, Governor DeSantis has not made any official notion about a bid for President.
According to reports, Christie has hinted at a 2024 presidential run on multiple occasions. In August 2020, he told the Washington Post that he “certainly wouldn’t foreclose any possibility, right? So, would I consider running? Sure. Absolutely. I’m 57 years old. I still am very involved in political life and public life in this country.” He also told radio host Hugh Hewitt that his 2024 decision would not be swayed depending on who else is running, including Trump.
Christie and Trump have been close for nearly two decades despite being rivals in the 2016 presidential primary.