2024 showdown: Christie targets DeSantis and Haley for treating Trump with kid gloves – LSB

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First on Fox – With a month remaining until the first vote in the Republican presidential nomination race, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is intensifying his campaign against his Republican rivals in the 2024 elections, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Tell It Like It Is, a super PAC supporting the former New Jersey governor’s presidential campaign, is launching a new multimillion-dollar ad campaign targeting DeSantis and Haley for not aggressively making the case against former President Trump.

Trump is still the most likely candidate to win the Republican Party nomination in his third consecutive round to enter the White House.

The site, which was first shared with Fox News on Friday, includes a clip of Christie from the fourth GOP presidential primary debate last week, in which he repeatedly berated his rivals for failing to confront Trump verbally. Christie, a onetime Trump ally turned Republican, is an outspoken critic of the former president.

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“People like those three guys on stage make it seem like his behavior is acceptable. Let me get this straight. His behavior is unacceptable. It’s inappropriate,” Christie says in the clip used in the commercial.

The ad ends with the narrator asserting that Christie is “the only Republican with the courage to tell the truth. And the experience to do it.”

Christie is raising his game in a key home state

Trump made history earlier this year as the first former or sitting president to be indicted for a crime, but the four indictments against him — including in federal court in Washington, D.C., and Fulton District Court in Georgia on charges he tried to cancel his 2020 presidential bid — lost The election – only served to increase his support among Republican voters.

Christie, who has intensified his attacks on Haley and DeSantis for weeks over leniency toward Trump, charged during the debate at the University of Alabama that it was “ridiculous” that his rivals would not debate Trump. He stressed, “I am in this race because the truth must be told.” “He is not fit to be president.”

Trump skipped the fourth debate for the Republican presidential nomination

Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, third from left, speaks as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, right, watch during the Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday, December 6. , 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The super PAC told Fox News it will spend $3 million to run the ad on television starting Friday in New Hampshire, the state holding its first at-large primary and second on the GOP nominating calendar. They have shown that they will spend an additional half a million dollars to operate the site digitally.

“‘Unacceptable’ is designed to be the first in a series of ads targeting New Hampshire’s unique position to reset the nomination process,” said Bill Palatucci, Chairman of Tell It Like It Is. “This announcement begins the 30-day march to January 23 when Granite State voters will have the opportunity to send a message to their Republican colleagues that Chris Christie is the truth teller America deserves.”

Christie targets Haley and DeSantis on the debate stage for being easy on Trump

Just as he did in his failed 2016 White House campaign, Christie is once again devoting almost all of his time and resources to New Hampshire, where independent and moderate voters have long played a crucial role in the state’s famous primaries.

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says he

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, headlines City Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on December 13, 2023. (Fox News – Paul Steinhauser)

The latest public opinion polls in New Hampshire show that Trump has a very large, massive double-digit lead, but he has less than 50% support, with Haley in the high teens and Christie a few points behind.


Trump also holds a significant lead in the latest polls in Iowa, whose caucuses begin on January 15, while DeSantis is in second place by a wide margin, followed by Haley. Christie, who has no plans to campaign in Iowa, and billionaire businessman and first-time candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who is riding in the Hawkeye State, are in the single digits in the polls.

The Tell It Like It Is ad is released on the same day that Christie’s campaign debuts its first commercial for the 2024 election cycle.

The campaign ad criticizes DeSantis and Haley for attacking each other instead of Trump.

“There’s only one candidate trying to stop Trump,” the narrator says at once, and Christie’s campaign says she’s spending six figures to run in New Hampshire.

The campaign and the super PAC are prohibited by law from coordinating.

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more in the Fox News Digital Election Center.

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