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FIRST ON FOX: Former Gov. Chris Christie will campaign with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp next week as the conservative governor works to fend off a lead challenge from former Trump-backed GOP Senator David Perdue.
Christie, a former two-term governor of New Jersey and former president of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, will team up with Kemp at a bus stop in Canton and to exit the campaign rally in Alpharetta during his trip to Georgia next Tuesday, May 17, Fox News has learned.
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Four years ago, with the backing of then-President Donald Trump, Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams to win the governorship. But Kemp drew Trump’s ire from late 2020, after the governor certified President Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia in the presidential election after several vote recounts. Trump, who had unsuccessfully urged the governor and other top Republican state officials to overturn the results, has now returned to Georgia twice to campaign against Kemp.
Trump for months has been asked to challenge the governor, and late last year he endorsed Perdue a day after the former senator launched his candidacy. Perdue declared her candidacy days after Abrams, a champion of electoral reform and a rising star in the Democratic Party, launched her second straight gubernatorial bid.
But regardless of Trump’s endorsement, with less than two weeks until the Georgia primary, Kemp enjoys a large lead over Perdue in two key campaign metrics – public opinion polls and fundraising.
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Earlier this week, the Kemp campaign announced that Christie as well as RGA would co-chair the governors. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska would travel to Georgia to campaign with Kemp.
Shortly after the news broke, Trump took aim, saying in a statement that “Today, the nation’s worst ‘election integrity’ governor, Brian Kemp, tasked the great state of Georgia with RINO”.
“That’s right, he had them all. Chris Christie, Doug Ducey from Arizona and Pete Ricketts from Nebraska. That tells you everything you need to know about what you’re getting in Georgia – just a bad election aftermath and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp,” the former president said.
Christie, a former friend and close adviser to Trump who became a vocal critic of the former president’s GOP, responded on Twitter, writing “Insightful commentary on three Republican governors who were overwhelmingly re-elected by their people of a former president who lost to Joe Biden. Maybe the ‘R’ in RINO really stands for re-elected.”
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“Proud to stand with @DougDucey @GovRicketts supporting @BrianKempGA,” Christie added.
The 2022 intra-party feud could be an appetizer for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race.
Trump repeated his teasing of the race for the White House, while Christie also openly discussed making a second run for president.
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Experts also see Ricketts, the short-term Nebraska governor who is in his final year in office, as a potential candidate for the White House in 2024. Earlier this week, candidate Ricketts was supporting the GOP governor’s primary for succeed him, defeated the candidate Trump had endorsed. and strongly supported.
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