The Fox News co-host offers this Republican alternative to the presidency
Notable Fox News contributor and Trump skeptic Geraldo Rivera offered his suggestion for an alternate 2024 GOP presidential candidate on Sunday.
Former President Donald Trump remains the Republican Party’s leading contender for the 2024 nomination, having announced his candidacy at the start of last year’s midterm elections. He regularly maintains a double-digit lead over other candidates in many polls, although his campaign is unfolding under the cloud of potential legal troubles as rumors suggest he will face a criminal charge next week. Many party members also want to overtake Trump as GOP leader, blaming his midterm underperformance on his influence.
Rivera, rotating co-host of Fox News weekday show The fiveremains among Trump’s most notable critics on the popular conservative cable news network.
On Sunday, he took to Twitter with his suggestion of another GOP presidential candidate to Trump. Although a Republican, Rivera did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election and later said he would not vote for him in the future due to his comments about Mexican immigrants.
“Chris Christie might be the strongest GOP alternative for POTUS; savvy, swaggering, moderation, tenacity,” Rivera wrote.
Beginning his career as a lawyer and lobbyist, then appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christie came to national attention as Governor of the Garden State. He held this position from 2010 to 2018.
Christie then ran for president in the 2016 election cycle, but dropped out of the race early after winning just 1.8% of Republican primary votes in Iowa and 7.4% in New Hampshire. After leaving the race, he endorsed Trump and continued to work leading his transition planning team.
Christie has not yet entered the 2024 presidential race, but recently said he expects to make the decision within the next two months. He regularly criticized Trump, saying he “let [the GOP] down.
The former New Jersey governor also slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is widely seen as Trump’s main challenger for the nomination, after he dismissed the Ukraine dispute as “a territorial dispute” in which the United States United shouldn’t be involved, Christie dismissed DeSantis’ comments. as “elementary school principal”. DeSantis has not officially declared his intention to seek the GOP nomination in 2024.
Christie is expected to travel to New Hampshire later in March for a speaking engagement. Other Republican candidates currently in the 2024 race include former North Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
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