Mowers’ Potential NH Primary Choice in 2024: Trump or Christie?
First Congressional District candidate Matt Mowers may not support his old boss Chris Christie in a possible presidential run in 2024 but will apparently take his fundraising help.
Mowers ran Christie's 2016 presidential campaign in New Hampshire and was an advisor during his first term as governor of New Jersey. He was part of President Donald Trump's transition team and was a senior advisor.
Trump also gave Mowers an endorsement during both the 2020 First Congressional District primary and the general election he lost to Chris Pappas.
With the next presidential election three years away both Trump and Christie are believed to be considering a run in the primaries.
Which former boss would Mowers vote for in the 2024 Republican primary? Mowers doesn't believe he'll have to make that choice if Trump declares his candidacy.
"I don't think you're going to see many other Republicans running. There won't be a choice to make. I think President Trump will be the only major Republican running should he choose to run," Mowers told Seacoast Current.
Christie may feel differently.
The 59-year-old who gave Trump his first major political endorsement in 2016 after ending his own run has split with the former president. He came out in support of mask-wearing after being infected with COVID-19 and spending a week in a hospital and supported Trump's second impeachment after the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Christie is making moves that could lead towards a 2024 run. Besides a regular presence on ABC This Week which gives him a forum to comment on current issues he has a book coming out in November called "Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden."
He will also be helping Mowers' campaign which in turn helps give him a political presence in New Hampshire. The political website Save Jersey reports Christie will host a fundraiser for Mowers congressional campaign in Belleville, New Jersey on Sept. 27 with tickets priced up to $5,800.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH