During a recent appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Republican contender Chris Christie commented that should Donald Trump secure the Republican nomination, it would likely pave the way for Joe Biden to clinch another term as President in 2024.
“Choosing Trump as the Republican candidate would, in all likelihood, ensure another term for Biden,” opined Christie. He went on to highlight the implications of this for Republican voters, mentioning the possibility of an expanded Supreme Court and the potential end of the filibuster, among other things.
Back in 2021, President Biden had set up a commission to mull over potential Supreme Court reforms, including considering its size. Additionally, he had proposed specific exceptions to the Senate filibuster for topics such as abortion and voting rights. However, he recognized the lack of Democratic support for completely abolishing the 60-vote requirement.
Christie emphasized the need for the GOP to select a nominee with a proven record of defeating Democratic incumbents. “I stand out as the only person on the debate stage with such experience,” Christie asserted. “Given the chance, I believe I can take on Biden and emerge victorious.”
Remarkably, in the previous week’s debate, a majority of Christie’s Republican counterparts indicated their willingness to support Trump as the eventual nominee, regardless of whether he faced criminal convictions. Of the eight contenders, only Christie and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson refrained from committing their support to Trump under such circumstances.
Expressing his astonishment at this, Christie remarked, “The notion that many of my fellow contenders are willing to endorse a nominee with a potential criminal record is quite staggering. I firmly believe such a candidate would stand no chance of winning.”
While defending his position during the debate, Christie faced disapproval from the audience. Undeterred, he later stated that the audience did not represent the entirety of Republican primary voters.