(TheRedWire.com) – In his inaugural campaign advertisement, Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie positions himself as the sole contender capable of overcoming Donald Trump. The advert, unveiled on Friday, highlights the internal squabbles among Christie’s Republican rivals, notably pointing out the mutual criticisms exchanged between former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Both Haley and DeSantis lag behind Trump in the polls, which the ad emphasizes.
The narration in Christie’s advertisement asserts his unique stance in the race, claiming he is the only candidate actively striving to dethrone Trump. Christie, the former Governor of New Jersey, has been vocal in his opposition to the former president, often targeting him in debates and public statements. His strategy has been to consolidate his position as the anti-Trump choice within the party. This approach was evident in the recent GOP debate, where Christie criticized Trump and other candidates for their perceived indifference toward challenging Trump.
Christie’s campaign strategy is heavily focused on New Hampshire, where he hopes a strong showing could propel his campaign forward nationally. Current polls place him third in New Hampshire, garnering around 13 percent support, per The Hill/Decision Desk HQ’s polling averages. Trump leads the pack with about 46 percent, while Haley holds the second spot with approximately 20 percent support.
Despite a solid performance in the latest debate, Christie faces calls from some quarters to withdraw from the race. The argument is that uniting the anti-Trump vote behind a different candidate might be more effective. Nevertheless, Christie remains steadfast in the race as the New Hampshire primary, scheduled for January 23, approaches. This primary is the season’s second, setting the stage for an intriguing contest in the Republican field.
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