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Former Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Holzapfel, Singer not ready to back Christie for president

Former governor reportedly considering another run for commander-in-chief

By Nikita Biryukov, May 06 2021 2:11 pm

Two Republican state senators were unprepared to say they’d support another presidential campaign by former Gov. Chris Christie.

“Depends who’s out there. I honestly haven’t thought about it,” said State Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Toms River). “It’s a little early, don’t you think?”

Axios last month reported Christie was considering another presidential bid. The former governor had previously declined to rule out another run for commander-in-chief.

“He has never called me and asked me. I’ve always learned one thing in the few years I’ve been in politics, that you always have to ask people for their vote. Never spoke to me. Never called me, so, you know,” State Sen. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) said with a shrug.

Such a bid would be Christie’s second. He ran for the office in 2016. The campaign kept him out of New Jersey and contributed to his dropping job approval ratings in the Garden State.

His bid was hampered by the Bridgegate scandal, and he dropped out of the race after winning just 7% of the vote and zero delegates in the New Hampshire primary.

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