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Chris Christie says Trump "The end will not be a calm and quiet conclusion"

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Monday said Republicans need a candidate who can deliver Donald Trump In 2016 Christie delivered a different challenger in a single, brutal swipe.

Speaking in New Hampshire, Christie recalled a favorite moment of his failed presidential campaign: embarrassing Marco Rubio on a debate stage three days before the first-in-the-nation primary. After Christie challenged Rubio’s lack of experience, the Florida senator repeated himself twice Christie says: “There it is. Memorized 25-second speech. There’s everyone.”

Trump will never go away quietly, said Christie, who himself is considering another run.

“You better have someone on stage who can do with him what I did with Marco, because that’s the only thing that’s going to defeat Donald Trump,” he said at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. “And that means you have to be fearless, because he will come back, and right to you.”

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets voters and students at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, NH, Monday, March 27, 2023.

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Voters need to think about who has the skills and courage, Christie warned.

“Because it’s not going to end nicely, no matter what, it’s not going to be a calm and quiet conclusion,” he said.

Although that controversial moment was a high point for Christie, he dropped out less than a week after finishing one. Disappointing sixth in New Hampshire Republican primary He quickly endorsed Trump that year and was a close on-off adviser to Trump during his time in the White House, but cut ties with the former president after Trump refused to accept his defeat in the 2020 election.

Christie has since emerged as one of the few prominent Trump critics in his party and has used his position as an ABC political analyst to argue that Trump is much weaker today than in the past. On Monday, he accused Trump of unleashing “a cesspool of anger and revenge” on Republicans.

“Donald Trump said a few weeks ago, ‘I am your revenge.’ Guess what? No thanks, no dice,” Christie said Monday. “He doesn’t want my revenge. That’s baloney. The only person he cares about.”

Trump has retained His first official rally in the 2024 campaign over the weekend in Waco, Texas, where he reiterated that he would seek “revenge” on “those who have been wronged or betrayed.” In a prelude to the attack on Christie, Trump went after Texas Republicans who did not support him, saying he told them “don’t bother coming.”

“They all supported me because if they don’t support me, I’m going to say don’t come,” Trump said Saturday. “I want to say something sir, I love you, we are going to support you down the road, I said ok, don’t bother coming.”

Saul Shriber, 67, of Chester, said he voted for Christie in 2016 even though he wasn’t happy with the answer he got when he asked Christie, “When are you going to remove Trump?”

“I have a schedule,” Christie said at the time.

“I thought, if there’s anyone on stage who can go after Trump, it’s him, the face of New Jersey,” Shriber said.

Recalling their face-off on Monday, Christie said he and the other candidates made a “strategic error” in thinking they would have a chance to take on Trump one-on-one. Instead, their campaign quickly folded.

Shriver found that answer satisfactory and said he would endorse Christie again.

“If he chooses to be honest with me, I’m all for it,” he said. “I am willing to forgive.”

New Hampshire was the linchpin of Christie’s 2016 campaign. The then-governor camped out in the state for months, holding dozens of town halls — a format he became famous for in New Jersey, as his colorful comments and spirited confrontations with critics often went viral.

Christie said earlier this month that he expects to make a decision in the next 45 to 60 days.

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