Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), once a key ally of Donald Trump, on Monday spelled out the best way to challenge the former president-turned-2024 Republican candidate in the GOP primary debates.
“You better have somebody on that stage who can do to him what I did to Marco, because that’s the only thing that’s gonna defeat Donald Trump,” Christie told the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Monday, referring to his 2016 primary debate skewering of Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.
“And that means you gotta have the skill to do it and that means you have to be fearless, because he will come back and right at you,” Christie said.
“You need to think about, who’s got the skill to do that and who’s got the guts to do it,” he added. “Because it’s not gonna end nicely. No matter what. His end will not be a calm and quiet conclusion.”
2024 Watch-NEW: @GovChristie -in New Hampshire at a @nhiop townhall - touts his debate skills in potentially taking down #DonaldTrump in a #GOP showdown - “it’s not going to end nicely….his end will not be a calm and quiet conclusion" #2024Election#FITN#FoxNews#njpoliticspic.twitter.com/4lPI7Ao4g0
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) March 27, 2023
Christie challenged Trump for the GOP nomination in 2016 and has teased a 2024 run.
After dropping out of the 2016 race, Christie firmly endorsed the reality TV personality before souring on him over his 2020 election lies.