Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed serious concerns about the mental health of former President Donald Trump during an interview on Newsmax TV’s “The Balance.” These concerns arose after Trump publicly insulted Christie during a podcast, referring to him as “a lunatic.”
Christie responded by stating, “It’s sad. He’s under a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, and saying these things makes me really concerned for his mental health.”
The exchange between Christie and Trump marks a stark departure from their previous interactions. In 2016, Trump received Christie’s support during his presidential campaign, and Christie chaired Trump’s transition team after the election.
This public disagreement underscores the shifting dynamics within the Republican Party and its potential implications for the upcoming elections.
Political Ad Featuring Trump’s Mugshot Sparks Controversy:
In a surprising turn of events, the Tell It Like It Is PAC, which supports GOP candidate Chris Christie, recently launched an ad campaign featuring the mugshot of former President Donald Trump. The thirty-second promotional clip, titled “Winning Again,” has gained attention as it airs on television and is available on YouTube, with a focus on reaching New Hampshire voters.
The ad begins with a series of black-and-white and sepia-toned images of Trump in the background, each marked with words like “drama,” “distractions,” or “lies” in bold red lettering. A narrator then questions viewers, asking if they are tired of these issues. The video transitions to a montage of diverse American faces, with the voiceover declaring that it is time “for conservatives to win again.”
Legal Battle Over Trump’s Georgia Mug Shot Looms:
Another significant development surrounds the use of former President Trump’s Georgia mug shot. This widely circulated image has become the centerpiece of Trump’s campaign merchandise, leading to inquiries about the copyright implications of its usage.
While there is no official report on the revenue generated from the sale of these items, Politico recently estimated that the campaign had raised over $7 million since the release of Trump’s mug shot. However, legal experts have raised questions about potential copyright violations related to the use of the image, which was taken by the Fulton County sheriff NBC News reported.
This situation has raised the possibility that proceeds from the merchandise could be legally contested, potentially benefiting the Fulton County Sheriff’s office, which is grappling with financial challenges related to conditions in the Fulton County Jail.
Current GOP Polling Numbers and Christie’s Confidence:
Recent polling data provides insights into the dynamics of the Republican primary race. According to FiveThirtyEight, Chris Christie’s national polling average stands at 3.6%. Other prominent candidates, including Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy, remain in single-digit percentages at 4.4%, 5.6%, and 9.2%, respectively. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has held onto his second-place position at 14.8%, although his support appears to be diminishing. Notably, former President Donald Trump leads the pack with 50.3% of GOP support.
Despite his relatively low polling numbers, Chris Christie remains confident in his chances. He points to historical data suggesting that primary polls do not necessarily reflect the ultimate voting outcomes, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of the race.
The exchange between Christie and Trump, along with the unique use of Trump’s mug shot in campaign ads and potential legal ramifications, adds an intriguing dimension to the evolving upcoming of the Republican primary race.