Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said during an interview on Sunday that Joe Biden would lose the general election to any Republican candidate other than Donald Trump.
Christie made the remarks during a roundtable discussion on ABC News’ “This Week” on how new polling has shown that the 34-count felony indictment returned by a Manhattan grand jury last week is starting to hurt Trump’s poll numbers after seeing an initial boost.
“No matter what he says and his people say, being indicted is not good for political candidate,” Christie said. “Like that’s just — you know, he can get short-term bump among certain parts of our own party. But in the end, it’s not good to be indicted.”
“Being indicted, the public does still look at that and say that’s not what should be happening to a national leader,” he said.
Christie said that Trump’s endorsements in the 2022 midterms hurt the Republican Party and predicted they will come back to haunt him in the 2024 election.
“The Donald Trump endorsements and the awful candidates, whether it was Kari Lake or Herschel Walker or Tim Michels in Wisconsin or Mastriano in Pennsylvania,” he said. “Those were the candidates that lost and they were Donald Trump’s candidates.”
“I think Donald Trump is the only Republican [Biden] can beat,” Christie later added. “I don’t think he can beat any other Republican who gets nominated.”
The Democrat primary field is already growing. Self-help guru Marianne Williamson announced her plan to challenge President Biden last month and last week Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed he plans to formally announce his campaign at an event in Boston later this month.
A number of Republicans have already announced their candidacy for the 2024 presidential nomination. Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy jumped into the race in February. Former President Donald Trump is also making this third run for the White House. Last week, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson became the latest Republican to enter the contest.