Christie buries DeSan­tis’s hopes of sur­viv­ing Iowa: ‘It’ll be me, Trump and Nik­ki’

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Chris Christie dashed any hope for chal­lenger Ron DeSan­tis to make much head­way with vot­ers once the pri­ma­ry elec­tions get under­way, pre­dict­ing the Flori­da gov­er­nor’s cam­paign will begin to see a down­turn after the Iowa cau­cus­es next month.
In a wide-rang­ing inter­view with the Mes­sen­ger, Christie offered a warn­ing to his oppo­nents as they enter the new year: Know when to quit. For DeSan­tis, Christie pre­dict­ed it could come soon­er rather than lat­er — pre­dict­ing the Iowa con­test won’t even have the Flori­da gov­er­nor as a top con­tender.
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“He’s got to do real­ly well in Iowa or it’s time to go back to Tal­la­has­see,” Christie told the out­let, refer­ring to DeSan­tis. “We get here. It’ll be me, [Don­ald] Trump and Nik­ki [Haley]. We’ll see how it goes.”
The Iowa cau­cus­es his­tor­i­cal­ly begin the pri­ma­ry elec­tion sea­son and typ­i­cal­ly test each can­di­date’s via­bil­i­ty and strength to receive the nom­i­na­tion. Althou …