The GOP frontrunner ran a spot for Chris Christie that has reached its final cut, his strategists said on Thursday night.
In the last cut, "Blindsided" "Bronze Lion" and "What's Mine Is Yours" all made the cut. Christie had to leave the United States on Thursday night.
— Lauren Fox () March 29, 2020
One thing is for sure: Something is coming, something that is likely to send the New Jersey governor's presidential campaign reeling. After an unpleasant and personal experience at a debate in South Carolina last week, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey abruptly bowed out of the race for the White House. At the eleventh hour, after, perhaps, too much time spent on TV and just too little time out on the trail, Christie, who was polling nowhere near the top, announced that he would not move forward as a Republican presidential candidate.
Since then, he’s been kept busy catching up on sleep, working with RNC Chairman and megadonor Ronna Romney McDaniel, offering an analysis of reports about potential candidates, and — most importantly — clearing the decks for other candidates to return to the arena. In addition to two new GOP candidates—Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz—former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also declared her intention to jump back into the game.
Meanwhile, Christie is getting busy working on advertising. Over the course of an hour, he called each of the GOP candidates, one by one, to gauge their interest in buying ad time on his behalf. By 8 p.m., he had heard from four of them— Rick Santorum, Bob Corker, Rick Perry and George Pataki— with the others expected to get on the call shortly. Those seven guys wound up spending around $1 million on ads in Iowa, according to Kantar Media/CMAG, and spending slightly less on ads in New Hampshire. Christie will likely top them in New Hampshire.
Right now, his campaign is struggling to raise money, according to people close to him. The overwhelming impression that comes back from these conversations with potential ad buyers is one of difficult work environments that did not pay off. Around Thursday afternoon, Christie is expected to take the stage to address Republicans in Florida, and then return to New Jersey where he will use the next few days to work out his schedule.