Chris Christie Thinks Trump’s Hold on the Party is Fading

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    Sunday, on ABC News' “This Week,” the former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) suggested that former President Donald Trump was losing his “grip” on the GOP.

    Christie, in a statement, pointing out comments made by the Republican Governors Association going against Trump in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio and Ohio, said that the former president's “grip on the party is diminishing.”

    “You've got the Republican Governors Association, which, for the first time in my memory, is getting involved in primaries against Donald Trump in Georgia, in Idaho, in Alabama, in Ohio, and I'm telling you right this morning — I'll put myself on the line that the Republican incumbent governors are going to win all four of those primaries,” Christie declared.

    “So, what does it mean?” Host Jonathan Karl asked.

    “What it means is that his grip on the party is diminishing, and it's not just when he's on the ballot because remember back in 2018 — he made a lot of endorsements in 2018 where a lot of upsets occurred because of his endorsement,” Christie said. “One of the biggest being Ron DeSantis in Florida.”

    He also said that “Governor DeSantis was double digits behind Adam Putnam, who was the agriculture commissioner and the odds on favorite to win that race when Donald Trump endorsed. So, this is much different than the last time he wasn't on the ballot, which was 2018.”

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