Donald Trump predicts Chris Christie slide for ‘absentee Governor’ Ron DeSantis

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The former President says the Governor is 'never there, not working' and needs to 'get back to Florida.'

Donald Trump has a warning for one of his two major rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

The former President’s telling Ron DeSantis that if he doesn’t come home and run Florida, then it’s possible the “absentee Governor” will collapse in in-state polls in the same way that a former New Jersey Governor and current presidential candidate did years ago in the Garden State.

“Ron DeSanctimonious has become an Absentee Governor of Florida, never there, not working. The same thing happened to Sloppy Chris Christie. He failed in New Jersey, and left with an 8% approval rating, lowest ever for a governor. Get back to Florida, Ron, and do what you campaigned on, which was NOT running for President. Fix the highest in the Nation Insurance problem. Oh, and you’re 54 Points down!” Trump posted to his social media site, Truth Social.

Trump’s post continues a theme of periodic warnings that DeSantis is dooming his political future by running for President in 2024. It also seems to overstate the peril of DeSantis’ position in recent polls of Floridians, which find him treading water, having squandered some of the political capital he had in his 2022 reelection campaign but still largely popular among Republicans.

A November Cygnal poll of 800 likely General Election voters, reported first by Florida Politics, reveals the Florida Governor is at 50% disapproval against 47% approval. In that survey, DeSantis is still at or above 85% among Republicans and Trump voters from 2020, but with 58% disapproval among independent voters.

A survey released earlier this month by Florida Atlantic University didn’t go so far as showing DeSantis underwater, but it did show him barely afloat, with 50% approval against 49% disapproval. In that survey, he also had 58% disapproval among independents, but enjoyed a 90% approval rating among Republican registrants.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • JD

    November 29, 2023 at 9:49 am

    No, keep out there Ronnie – so you sink further underwater and cannot be elected again in 2030 or your wife in 2026.

    • Margaret Chrisawn

      November 29, 2023 at 10:14 am

      The very idea that Tacky-O would run for governor is truly frightening. It brings back memories of Lurleen Wallace running when her husband George was term-limited.

      Fascists will do anything to remain in power.

  • Who killed Peter Antonacci? 🧐

    November 29, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Would any of the Ron DeSantis Kool-Aid drinkers here care to explain or make excuses on why man was seeing dying in his office on the capitols security camera system for 24 minutes and and nobody did anything, then they covered it all up?

    • JD

      November 29, 2023 at 11:49 am

      I don’t think Peter will report on this for protective reasons of his business and his team, but we are all wanting to know the scoop.

  • Michael K

    November 29, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Actually, what Trump really meant is Ron needs to come home and continue to ruin Florida (not run it).

    • Tom

      November 29, 2023 at 11:49 am

      We don’t really want him back although he still manages to inflict plenty of damage from afar. I really wish he’d been forced to ‘resign to run’.

      • Michael K

        November 29, 2023 at 2:10 pm

        I hope the DeSanti will move to Hungary, where they can live their white Christian nationalism and authoritarianism aspirations far away from Florida and America.

  • Chris M

    November 29, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    If there is a true democrat conservative on the ballot in 2026, DeSantis will have ruined any chance for another Republican Governor.

  • rick whitaker

    November 29, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    desantis has burnt bridges in many ways, so i hope he becomes a bigger pariah than he already is. desantis is downright unlikable.

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