One of America’s former top presidential contenders grabbed headlines this week for hinting at a 2024 presidential run.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would not wait to see if former president Donald Trump would run again in 2024 before making a potential announcement of his own White House bid. While Christie has not officially announced a run, he discussed his vision for the party and made clear he doesn’t need Trump’s permission to run.
“I’m also not going to be one of these people who’s going to say, ‘Well, I’ll wait to see what President Trump’s going to do,'” Christie said on the ‘Ruthless’ podcast. “I’m not going to defer to anyone if I decide that’s what I want to do and that I think I’m the best option for the party and for the country. I think if you say you’re deferring to someone, that’s a sign of both weakness and indecision, and we’ve already got that in the White House.”
Christie also said he wants to emphasize populist policies but in a thoughtful way, hinting at the potential for an “America First” agenda with more polish. Christie, though, is known for his aggressive, brash style, not thoughtful, poised rhetoric.
“What I want to do is to try to lead the party in a productive and smart way for us to continue to argue for populist-type policies, but not to be reckless, not to be reckless with our policies, not to be reckless with our language, to be smart about it,” he said.
The comments come after former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said she would not run for the White House if Trump announces his presidential bid for 2024.
“I would not run if President Trump ran,” Haley told reporters in April. “And I would talk to him about it. You know, that’s something that we will have a conversation about at some point if that decision is something that has to be made.”