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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, campaigns for Doug Ducey in the 2014 Arizona governor's race. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

Ducey sees ‘bright future’ for Christie

Arizona governor says decision on Christie presidential run is up to Christie himself

By David Wildstein, July 15 2022 12:47 pm

PORTLAND, MAINE – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who has a strong relationship with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, told the New Jersey Globe today that he thinks Christie should still be a guiding light in the Republican Party.

“I’m a big fan of Chris Christie,” Ducey said. “He’s a thought leader; he was an excellent governor and a great Republican Governors Association chairman. I’m sure his future is bright in whatever he wants to make of it.”

Asked directly whether he thinks Christie’s bright future might include running for president – something Christie has strongly hinted he may do – Ducey said, “that’s up to Chris and Mary Pat Christie.”

When Christie ran for president in 2016, Ducey was not among his endorsers; he, alongside several fellow Arizona Republicans, chose not to make an endorsement at all until the general election. But in the years since, Ducey and Christie have worked with one another several times, most recently campaigning together for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp against Donald Trump endorsee David Perdue.

Ducey’s comments today echo those yesterday from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, another potential presidential contender who would likely compete with Christie for the anti-Trump lane in a Republican primary. The polling that has been conducted so far, however, shows Christie losing badly, with the former governor garnering all of 0% in a recent poll of New Hampshire.

Arizona Republicans will hold their gubernatorial primary on August 2.  Ducey is term-limited and his preferred successor, Karrin Taylor Robinson, faces a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Kari Lake.

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