Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has publicly recanted his support for Donald Trump in a new digital ad, declaring, “I was wrong.” The admission is part of a seven-figure ad buy by the Christie campaign in New Hampshire ahead of its Jan. 23 presidential primary.
In the ad, Christie candidly states, “Eight years ago when I decided to endorse Donald Trump for president, I did it because he was winning, and I did it because I thought I could make him a better candidate and a better president. Well, I was wrong; I made a mistake.”
The campaign is strategically targeting areas where rival Nikki Haley is hosting town halls, aiming to highlight the contrast in style and honesty between Christie and other candidates. Christie’s team plans to continue emphasizing this contrast to voters.
Drawing parallels between the current White House race and the 2016 election, Christie expresses dissatisfaction with the leading candidates. He notes, “Donald Trump is ahead in the polls, and so everyone says, ‘Anyone who’s behind him should drop out, and we should make our choice: Donald Trump versus Joe Biden.’ Neither choice is acceptable to me, and it shouldn’t be acceptable to you.”
Recent polls indicate Christie trailing behind Nikki Haley and Trump in New Hampshire, adding intrigue to the dynamics of the upcoming primary, according to Real Clear Politics.