Chris Christie withdraws from consideration for ‘No Labels’ presidential run

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer to run for president  on a “No Labels” ticket on Wednesday.

The No Labels group has struggled to put forward a ticket challenging both former President Trump and President Biden in the 2024 election. The group contacted Christie about a potential run last week after he appeared to leave the door open to a third party run in a public interview.

“I appreciate the encouragement I’ve gotten to pursue a third party candidacy. I believe we need a country that once again feels like everyone has a stake in what we’re doing and leadership that strives to bring people together, instead of using anger to divide us,” Christie said in a statement. 

“While I believe this is a conversation that needs to be had with the American people, I also believe that if there is not a pathway to win and if my candidacy in any way, shape or form would help Donald Trump become president again, then it is not the way forward,” he added.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer to run for president once again on a “No Labels” ticket on Wednesday. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Christie ended his 2024 GOP nomination campaign in mid-January. The one-time Trump supporter, ally, and adviser broke with him over the then-president’s attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Biden. Christie became an extremely vocal GOP critic of the former president and made his opposition to Trump a centerpiece of his 2024 White House run.

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Christie had previously shut down the idea of a No Labels run as a “fool’s errand” in an interview last year.

Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Buckeye Values PAC Rally in Vandalia, Ohio, on March 16, 2024.

Christie ended his 2024 GOP nomination campaign in mid-January. The one-time Trump supporter, ally and adviser broke with him over the then-president’s attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Biden. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this month, No Labels took further steps toward forming a bipartisan presidential ticket in November’s general election, as it announced the formation of a committee to vet candidates for a potential ticket. 

The announcement of the committee came a week after roughly 800 No Labels delegates who took part in a virtual meeting voted to give a thumbs up to fielding a presidential ticket.

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President Joe Biden

No Labels has sought to put up a third-party presidential ticket to challenge both President Biden and former President Trump. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)

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No Labels has nevertheless approached several potential candidates in recent months, none of whom have moved forward with a campaign.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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