Nov 26, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Christie: "Who cares" if Trump concedes if he loses primary

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave little importance Sunday to the possibility of former President Trump refusing to concede if he loses in the 2024 presidential primaries.

What he's saying: "Look, no one will expect [Trump] to concede. He hasn't conceded the 2020 election. Who cares?" Christie said on ABC's "This Week."

  • "I don't suspect he'll ever concede he's ever lost any election, even though he lost primaries in 2016 to Ted Cruz, and he'll lose primaries this time as well, but it doesn't matter ... in the end, the rules will govern here just as the rules governed in 2020," Christie said.

The New Jersey Republican said he thinks the "public en masse will begin to ignore" Trump if he were to lose in the primaries.

  • "He lost in 2018 in the House, he lost in 2020 in the Senate and in the White House, and in 2022, he led us to more losses in the governorships and in the Senate. And if he loses in 2024, he'll be a four-time loser," Christie said.
  • Christie said he thinks Trump would go back to Mar-a-Lago and "continue to carp and moan and complain and say we don't deserve him."

Zoom out: Christie is polling behind Trump and fellow GOP candidate Nikki Haley in New Hampshire.

  • A CNN/UNH poll from earlier in November among likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire had Christie in third place at 14%, with Trump at 42% and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 20%.
  • Meanwhile, 47% of likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire said they would "never" back Christie.

However, Christie's numbers improved from the last CNN/UNH poll in September, where he stood at 11% among likely Republican primary voters, and 60% of likely primary GOP voters said they "would not vote for him under any circumstances."

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