Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, says Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. stands a legitimate chance against President Donald Trump in 2020, The Hill is reporting.
“(I) hope that he stays in this campaign to the roots that I saw him establish in New Jersey," Christie said Friday at a Washington Post event. "He was someone who was pro-voucher, he was pro-charter school, he was somebody who was tough on crime in the city of Newark.
"If he stays in that lane and is the articulate, inspirational guy that he is, then I think he's got a legitimate chance to be a serious potential problem for the president in the general election. (But) if he just goes way, wacky left, he's going to be just another one of those people and he won't be able to distinguish himself."
Booker announced his candidacy earlier on Friday.
"So, I'm running to restore our sense of common purpose, to focus on the common pain that we have all over this country,” he said.