NEWARK, New Jersey: Six years after his 2016 presidential campaign failed to succeed, Chris Christie, former New Jersey Governor, will launch a bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination next week.
Christie, 60, was advisor to Donald Trump's White House campaign in 2016, but later became a vocal critic of the former president.
However, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on 9th to 15th May, Christie entered the race as a decided underdog, with only 1 percent of Republicans saying he was their preferred 2024 nominee.
Axios earlier reported that Christie will launch his campaign at a town hall at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Christie's stance of urging his party to progress from Trump's claims that the 2020 election was rigged, including in his book "Republican Rescue," could earn him some support from moderate Republicans, but will make him unpopular with Trump's influential voter base.
In March, Christie told Axios he would not vote for Trump in 2024, even if the former president was the Republican nominee. Trump, who announced his campaign last year, leads among Republicans in public polling.
In public appearances, Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has argued that he alone has the skill and willingness to go toe-to-toe with the pugnacious Trump.
In a message to New Jersey Republican state committee members, Bill Palatucci, a longtime Christie advisor who will chair a political action committee supporting his candidacy, said, "As we all know here in New Jersey, the governor is a proven leader who fearlessly tells it like it is."
In addition to Trump, other Republicans running for president include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, US Senator Tim Scott and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and potentially former Vice President Mike Pence and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.
The nominee would face Democratic President Joe Biden, whose re-election campaign faces no notable opposition.