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The Decapitator Speaks

Chris Christie threw his hat in the ring yesterday. With a vengeance. It's really not clear if he thinks he has a chance to win the GOP presidential nomination, but he definitely wants to try to take down Donald Trump. For over 2 hours at the New Hampshire Institute for Politics, Christie spoke to the crowd, mostly about Trump. He compared the former president to Voldemort. He called him [Trump, not Voldemort] self-serving and self-consumed. He lit into Trump in many other ways that no other candidate dares to even contemplate. Here are five takeaways from Christie's launch:

Christie's attacks were not limited to Trump himself. He also went after Ivanka and Jared, saying: "The grift from this family is breathtaking. It's breathtaking. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Kushner walk out of the White House, and months later get $2 billion from the Saudis. You think it's because he's some kind of investing genius? Or do you think it's because he was sitting next to the president of the United States for four years doing favors for the Saudis?" If this is a sample of what is to come, we predict that Christie will be in the news—a lot. And he will meet the requirements for the first debate. If Trump shows up, Christie will call him out to his face, resulting in an, er, interesting evening. If Trump doesn't show up, Christie won't lay off him, but the sparks won't fly as much. (V)

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