Just Spoke to Christie…

Chris Christie is betting on a town hall strategy in New Hampshire, and making appeals to independents and Republicans who want to put Trump in the rearview.
Chris Christie is betting on a town hall strategy in New Hampshire, and making appeals to independents and Republicans who want to put Trump in the rearview. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
December 4, 2023

Chris Christie’s presidential run—a bid to reclaim the Republican Party from the clutches of Donald Trump—hasn’t gone as planned. Republican voters who once saw him as a future star now consider him a RINO turncoat, his criticisms of Trump unforgivable. The former New Jersey governor is polling in low single digits, at least in national surveys. And his promise to eviscerate Trump on national television never came to pass.

But in New Hampshire, where Christie is betting on a town hall strategy and making appeals to independents and Republicans who want to put Trump in the rearview, he’s made a slow climb in the polls. He’s now moved into third place in the Granite State, ahead of Ron DeSantis, and Christie is now putting Nikki Haley in his sights, attacking her on abortion and her equivocations on Trump just as she’s making a play for New Hampshire voters, too.