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Christie Makes Big Announcement After 4th GOP Debate

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The 2024 Republican primary is less than six weeks away, and on Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the four leading candidates reenacted their heated primary debate from earlier.

The debate, which was moderated by Elizabeth Vargas, Megyn Kelly, and Eliana Johnson and hosted by NewsNation, included Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida; Nikki Haley, the former governor of New Jersey; Chris Christie; and Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman. The front-runner in the primary, former President Donald Trump, persisted in not attending the event despite his opponents’ criticisms. In Florida, he was making a fundraising effort.

Despite abysmal polling and virtually no chance at winning the GOP nomination, Christie again affirmed that he plans to remain in the Republican primary race until the convention in May.

During an interview on CNN, Christie also lashed out because one of the network’s reporters didn’t credit him for attacking Trump at a debate. After the interview, Christie doubled back to slam Jeff Zeleny for not crediting him for attacking Trump. Co-anchors Phil Mattingly and Poppy Harlow jumped to Zeleny’s defense:

PHIL MATTINGLY: All right. Governor Chris Christie unequivocally attacking the former president when others wouldn’t. Last night. Once again, we appreciate your time, sir. Thank you.

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CHRIS CHRISTIE: Yeah. Oh, bae. Phil, by the way, would you remind Jeff Zeleny that I actually was doing that? I listened to Jeff this morning who said no one laid a glove on Donald Trump. I wondered whether Jeff was like watching a basketball game.

POPPY HARLOW: Oh, no. He was watching very closely.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: And then providing that providing commentary. But if you want to have somebody who’s going to lay a glove on Donald Trump, go to Chrischristie.com and donate. I’m the one who’s going to tell the truth and I’ll even tell it to Jeff Zeleny!

PHIL MATTINGLY: First off, I think Jeff Zeleny would happily have that discussion with you. I think you know that well, too. I think Jeff was talking about the bigger picture things where they stand right now. I will defend, I like you, man, but I will defend Jeff Zeleny against anybody, and his journalistic talent and observations.

POPPY HARLOW: And integrity.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I didn’t question his integrity. I just question whether he actually watched the debate. And even somebody like Jeff Zeleny can be wrong every once in a while guys.

Earlier this week, Christie reaffirmed his plans to remain in the GOP race until the end.

Christie, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, chose to ignore a recent CNN poll that shows he is falling behind Trump and Haley in New Hampshire—a state he is keen on winning—even though he is the frontrunner.

To rally support for a candidate who could successfully challenge Trump, the clear front-runner in the race, Christie rejected the idea of working with Haley or withdrawing early.

“I think Gov. Haley and I both have the same goal, and that is to be president of the United States,” Christie said on “State of the Union.” “I think we’re showing great momentum in New Hampshire. We’ve been gaining over the last couple of weeks. I think we’re going to continue to gain in that fight. And I think we’re going to do very, very well in New Hampshire on January 23.”

“This idea of people just doing math and adding up numbers—that’s not the way voters vote. And so, you know, I would say to everybody out there, let’s let the campaign move forward,” Christie added.

“I anticipate being in this race all the way to the convention, Dana,” Christie stated when asked if he intends to stay in the race beyond the New Hampshire primary. Thus, without a doubt, yes.

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