NEWARK — Gov.
Chris Christie said Wednesday that he would never try to push Gov.
Phil Gates to run as a Democrat.
Asked about Gates’ recent comments that he wants to see Democrats in the White House in 2020, Christie said he was not aware of any political party that wanted to see a Republican president elected.
“I’m not interested in trying to be part of a political party, I’m not,” Christie said.
“I don’t think you can run for a presidential ticket.”
“But there’s a certain number of Democrats that would like to see that happen,” he added.
Asked whether he thought Gates would have a shot, Christie replied, “I think so.”
“You know, you’ve got to have the support of the Democratic Party.
If you’re going to have that support, you’re gonna have to have a chance to get elected,” Christie continued.
“So I don’t see any reason why that’s not possible.”
When asked if he would run for office in 2020 if he were to win the presidency, Christie added, “No, I would not.
I’m just not interested.
I think that’s the whole point.”
Christie, a former New Jersey governor, was a leading contender to become New Jersey’s next governor in 2016.
He is now the state’s governor, and his first term ended in 2019.
Gates is a former Democratic congressman from New Jersey who has been criticized for his stances on the federal Affordable Care Act.