Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey, claimed on Sunday that former President Trump isn’t “what he used to be” following remarks made the day before at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in which he promoted his 2024 candidacy.
“Look, he is the front-runner. There’s no doubt, he’s essentially an incumbent president running for renomination — not reelection, but renomination — and so of course, he’s the front-runner right now and ahead in the polls. But there are lots of indicators here, that he’s not what he used to be,” Christie said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Christie noted that the conference area was “half-full” on Sunday and claimed that CPAC had changed its name to “TPAC,” or “Trump PAC.”
“The fact of what’s going on here is the reason, I think, the rallies are not going on … is not just because of the money, although I think that’s a factor, I don’t think the rallies would be nearly as big as they were,” Christie said.
“And you know, what got him upset on Jan. 6? The crowd size. What kind of upset on Jan. 20, 2017? The crowd size. He measures that as an example of his own power and his own authority and I don’t think he hasn’t anymore,” Christie said of Trump.
In November, Trump officially began his 2024 campaign. If the two wound up competing against each other as the party nominees in a 2024 rematch, Chris Christie, who worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, has previously stated he doesn’t believe Trump could defeat President Biden.