Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a long shot to win the 2024 GOP presidential primary, but Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany believes a strategy he is employing during his campaign is making his odds of winning even longer.

Christie, a former federal prosecutor who very often criticizes her onetime boss, Donald Trump, after serving as head of Trump’s 2016 White House transition team, has been offering up praise for the Biden Justice Department and the FBI despite their unprecedented focus on the former president, who has been indicted several times, including for an alleged crime — mishandling classified documents — that President Biden himself has been accused of doing.

After Christie’s recent defense of FBI Director Christopher Wray, McEnany said during a segment on “Outnumbered” that Christie’s stance isn’t going to win over many Republicans, let alone Trump’s supporters.

McEnany played a clip of Christie noting during an earlier interview on Fox in reference to Wray’s testimony before a House committee earlier in the day last month: “I did recommend him to President Trump, and I’m proud that I did.”

“Those things they’re talking about today, and the director made this point over and over again, are all things from when Jim Comey, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch were in charge of the Justice Department — before he got put in charge,” Christie said. “He fired the entire Comey leadership team out of the FBI, they’re all gone.”

“Is it all fixed? Of course, it’s not all fixed. Jim Comey and Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch drastically harmed the Department of Justice and the FBI. And Chris Wray has now spent years fixing that,” Christie went on to say. “What you saw today was an animated and combative FBI director who is defending the men and women who work for him… and do a great job…”

“So yeah, I think Chris Wray has done a very good job, and I think a lot of the stuff you see today is theater, people trying to raise money for campaigns,” he added.

McEnany then responded.

“Best of luck to Chris Christie with that message in a GOP primary, which has tremendous distrust for the FBI,” she said.

After noting that Wray has made some positive changes and done some good things at the bureau, she also said much of what is wrong today he hasn’t addressed.


“There’s a lot of questions for him — this ‘radical traditionalist Catholic’ memo which he rescinded, he said he was ‘aghast’ by it. But yet he won’t allow the authors of that before Congress,” she added.

“None of this instills confidence in the American people, many of whom have distrust for the FBI.”

McEnany sounded off this week over the “political optics” after recent indictments against former President Donald Trump.

During a segment on Outnumbered, McEnany and the other co-hosts discussed Trump being indicted again by special counsel Jack Smith stemming from his investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.

“If this indictment held, if a conviction was secured, what precedent, applying that retroactively, would have been set in those various circumstances? I think it is a troubling precedent indeed, But rounding this out, I think it’s important to look at what the American people see here when they look at Trump and Biden. I’m talking pure political optics. You look at President Trump, you see a guy with a 53.4 percent RealClearPolitics approval, or I should say that is what he is garnering among Republican voters at this point in time,” McEnany began.

“So, yes, that is true that for all intents and purposes, he looks like he is going on to be the nominee unless there is a big shakeup or polling change,” she continued.

“This is his DoJ. And look, he says the DoJ’s independence. Let’s take him at his word. But optically, what you see is a president at the beach, a president going to dinner and a movie, a president at an Oppenheimer film, and when he walks out, the Politico Playbook says this: ‘Meanwhile, the only public statement from President Biden last night was in response to a shouted question from the pool,” she noted further.

“‘It was compelling,’ he answered. The question was how he liked the movie ‘Oppenheimer.’’ So you see someone whose political opponent had been indicted as he enjoys dinner and a movie, and it is, at the end of the day, his Department of Justice piece,’” McEnany concluded.

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