Chris Christie Talks Trump, China and Entitlements

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on June 7, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Happy Tuesday! In normal times, Dispatch Politics is a M/W/F affair. But these are indictment times, and we didn’t want to let the avalanche of Trump news bury our interview with presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who stopped by the Dispatch office for a lengthy editorial meeting last week.

Expect more of these in-depth conversations with presidential contenders in the months ahead.

The Race, According to Christie

The Republican presidential field may be getting crowded, but Chris Christie’s assessment of the race is straightforward: “The Republican primary is about Donald Trump.”

“It’s not about me. It’s not about Ron DeSantis. It’s not about Mike Pence. It’s about Donald Trump,” Christie says. “If you don’t take Donald Trump on directly, there is no path to winning.”

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