Sept. 03– TRENTON Gov. Chris Christie has signed what he dubbed the “sore loser rule,” the Republican Party’s request that its presidential prospects agree to support whichever candidate wins the nomination.
The loyalty pledge, which asks candidates to agree not to run for president as an independent or through a third party if they’re not theGOP nominee, is aimed primarily at Donald Trump, who wouldn’t commit to that during the first primary debate last month. Trump signed the pledge Tuesday afternoon.
Though Christie agreed to the pledge in a show of hands at the debate, he was nevertheless asked about it, first and at length, during in-studio interviews this morning on CNN and Fox News.
On CNN, Christie said that any Republican candidate who later runs as independent would hurt the party’s chances of winning in 2016, not just Trump.
“The fact is, you’re seeking the Republican nomination for president,” Christie said. “There should be a sore loser rule, you know. If you don’t get the nomination, you can’t go running off and doing something else. So, I think that’s fair for everybody.”
“Excellent, let’s bring it over here. Let’s just get this. Let’s get this over with,” Christie said. He added: “And I don’t need Reince Priebusto come and meet with me before deciding whether to do this or not.”
Trump, at an afternoon news conference in New York, responded to that remark by pointing to the results of the new Monmouth University Poll, which showed Trump atop the 17-candidate field with support from 30 percent of Republicans nationally and Christie tied for ninth.
“You don’t have to be met when you’re at 2 percent,” Trump said. “It’s one of those things. That’s the way life works. And I like Gov. Christie, by the way.”
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