Christie Threatens To Follow Trump ‘Around The Country’

It has been clear since he entered the 2024 GOP presidential primary race that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s singular campaign goal would be attacking front-runner Donald Trump.

He did not have an opportunity to do so directly during the first debate since Trump skipped the event in favor of an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and Christie recently indicated that he is willing to go to extreme lengths to hound the former president.

Fox News host Howard Kurtz brought up Trump’s apparent decision to bypass the debates during an interview with Christie earlier this week, asking the ex-governor if it “defused [his] strategy of going toe-to-toe” with his political rival.

“Well, if he doesn’t do any of the debates, Howie, you know, we’re going to give him another chance,” Christie replied. “I’m sure he’s not coming to the Reagan debate. We’ll give him another chance in Alabama. But if he doesn’t come there, then I’m going to follow him around the country.”

Vowing that he will go “wherever [Trump] goes,” he concluded: “We’ll wind up talking to each other one way or the other. And he knows that’s true.”

When Kurtz sought to confirm that Christie is willing to shift his entire campaign schedule to stalk Trump, his guest responded: “You bet.”

It remains unclear whether Trump intends to participate in any of the primary debates, though he indicated in a social media statement prior to the first one last month that he will skip them due to his commanding lead over the rest of the crowded field.

While he appears to believe the strategy makes sense given his front-runner status, Christie is not the only prominent Republican frustrated by Trump’s absence at debates.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel reacted to his statement last month by stating that she is “holding out hope” that he would change his mind, adding that it is “so important that the American people hear from all the candidates.”

Although 61% of Republican voters said they supported Trump’s decision to skip the first debate, a recent poll found that 57% of respondents also said he should participate in an upcoming debate to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 27.