Despite his previous support of the New Jersey governor, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough revealed on his program, ‘Morning Joe,’ this week that Chris Christie no longer has the support of his fellow Republicans. In a conversation with co-host Mike Brzezinski and political analyst Mark Halperin, Scarborough made it clear that the GOP heavyweight is not gaining any new supporters for a possible 2016 presidential bid among those within his party.
“I will tell you this,” he said in a discussion of the 2012 Republican candidate. “Mitt Romney, that guy right there, that guy’s not worried about Chris Christie.”
Despite recent evidence that seemed to clear Christie of any wrongdoing in the scandal that followed a bridge closure in New Jersey, Scarborough said he carries with him additional baggage that many contend render him unelectable nationally.
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“Nobody thinks he can get past everything that’s happened before even if he’s exonerated,” the host continued. “Nobody thinks he’s got the temperament to run. Nobody thinks he can handle Iowa. Nobody thinks he’s going to win in South Carolina.”
Citing those concerns, Scarborough said a run by Christie would not discourage Romney from entering the fray.
“He just doesn’t care,” he said of the former Massachusetts governor. “He does not think that Chris Christie is going to win.”
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Scarborough promised to “say … what everybody says off the air in Republican circles,” noting that “nobody thinks Chris Christie can win.”
If there is one Republican who could convince Romney to sit out the 2016 election, he concluded, it is Jeb Bush.
“It’s Jeb or it’s Mitt,” he said, “and if Jeb doesn’t run, then I think Mitt may be on his way.”
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