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Christie pledges to confront Trump ‘face-to-face’ as GOP presidential long shot targets frontrunner

CONCORD, N.H. — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ramping up his pledge to confront former President Donald Trump on the Republican presidential campaign trail, though he doesn’t want to share his plans just yet.

“Get ready. That’s all I’m going to tell you,” Christie told Fox News on Thursday after he filed to place his name on the presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire, which holds the second contest in the 2024 GOP nominating calendar.

“Because if I give [Trump] and the Secret Service a tip as to where I’m going to be, it will be a lot harder for me to get to him. Remember, he’s the only guy walking around with Secret Service protection. So, that makes all of this a little more complicated. But I also was in law enforcement, so hang with me,” Christie said.

For months, Christie, who’s making his second White House run, has vowed to take down Trump on the debate stage.

Ramaswamy campaign spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin told Fox News, “I will avoid making jokes about beaches or bridges, but the gentleman from New Jersey sure talks a big game for someone who can’t even qualify for the debate stage.”

Christie has yet to reach all the polling and donor thresholds the Republican National Committee is mandating the presidential candidates meet to qualify for the third debate.

But a confident Christie told Fox News, “I will qualify, and I will be there.”

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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