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Chris Christie vows to stay Republican and fight for the party: ‘I will never stop fighting’

Don’t
count
on

former
New
Jersey
Gov.
Chris
Christie

to
leave
the
Republican
Party
any
time
soon,
despite
his
constant
grousing
about
the
GOP’s
behavior.

Christie
affirmed
he
is
a
Republican
and
intends
to
fight
for
the
party.

“No,
no,
no,”
Christie
told
NBC’s
“Meet
the
Press”
on
Sunday
when
asked
if
he’d
leave
the
GOP.
“I
am
ready
to
change
the
Republican
Party.
I
will
never
stop
fighting
to
change
my
party.
I
am
a
Republican.”

Still,
Christie,
a
longtime
attack
dog
against
former
President
Donald
Trump,
reiterated
his
well-worn
commitment
that
he
won’t
vote
for
the
leading
contender
to
be
the
GOP
standard-bearer
in
the
Nov.
5
presidential
election.

Christie
was
less
committal
about
not
voting
for
Biden.

“The
one
commitment
I
will
make
to
you
this
morning
is
not
voting
for
Donald
Trump
under
any
circumstances,”
Christie
said.

“I
can’t
see
myself
voting
for
President
Biden,”
he
later
said.
“Do
I
rule
it
out?
I
can’t
imagine
doing
it.
My
guess
is
Kristen
if
those
are
the
only
two
choices.
I’ll
move
to
the
Senate
race
in
New
Jersey.”

Chris
Christie
affirmed
that
he
will
remain
a
Republican.

AP

Christie
also
declined
to
rule
out
running
as
a
third-party
candidate.

The
Garden
State
Republican
knocked
Biden
as
not
being
up
to
the
task
and
defended
special
counsel
Robert
Hur’s
inclusion
of
a
blistering
assessment
of
President
Biden’s
infirmity,
concluding
a
jury
would
likely
see
him
as
a
“well-meaning
elderly
man
with
a
poor
memory.”

Hur
ultimately
concluded
that
Biden
“willfully
retained
and
disclosed
classified
materials”
but
declined
to
press
charges.

Democrats
have
cried
foul
at
the
inclusion
of
the
mention
of
Biden’s
forgetfulness.

“The
fact
is
they
had
to
give
the
reasons
why
they
weren’t
prosecuting
when
you
start
off
the
report
by
saying
that
he
willfully
and
knowingly
retained
classified
documents.
Well,
that’s
a
violation
of
the
law,”
Christie
said.

“In
one
respect,
I
think
the
Biden
White
House
would
have
been
happier
if
he
had
been
charged,
than
for
that
report
to
come
out
because
of
the
reelection
campaign,”
Christie
later
mused,
describing
the
forgetfulness
aspect
of
the
report
as
damaging
politically
for
Biden.

Back
in
2016,
Christie
endorsed
Trump
shortly
after
he
ended
his
own
campaign
for
the
GOP
nod.
Christie
and
Trump
had
a
friendship
that
dates
back
to
the
early
2000s.


Former President Donald Trump speaking at Get Out The Vote rally with a microphone in hand.
Christie
said
he
would
not
be
voting
for
Trump
in
2026.

AP

Christie
has
publicly
admitted
that
he
was
interested
in
serving
as
Trump’s
vice
president
or
attorney
general
but
blamed
Trump’s
son-in-law
Jared
Kushner
for
dashing
those
dreams.

Now,
he
has
voiced
profound
regrets
for
backing
Trump
and
has
served
as
one
of
his
foremost
Republican
critics.

Christie
surmised
that
unlike
last
time
in
which
Trump
tapped
lieutenants
that
functioned
as
guardrails
to
his
presidency,
in
a
second
term,
he’ll
surround
himself
with
loyalists.

“When
he
came
into
office
in
2016,
he
was
scared.
He
was
afraid
to
be
president

he
knew
he
was
not
ready.
So
as
a
result,
he
listened
to
a
lot
of
very
good
people
around
him,”
Christie
said.

“In
a
second
term,
he
would
not.”

Last
week,
Christie
published
his
latest
book,
“What
Would
Reagan
Do?
Life
Lessons
from
the
Last
Great
President.”

The
book
reflects
on
the
legacy
of
former
President
Ronald
Reagan
and
the
state
of
the
Republican
Party.

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