Chris Christie is doing all he can do as a presidential candidate, analysts agree, but his reputation as a blunt-talking, no-nonsense candidate is fading in the wake of Donald Trump's whirlwind bid
"We're all living in 'Trump world,'" former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean told Politico of Christie's bid,
"and 'Trump world is something none of these political gurus or any of these guys conceived of when they [started] running their campaigns.”
Kean pointed out that Christie has done most things right as he fights for his place not only in New Hampshire, but in the CNN debate scheduled for Sept. 16, including doing well at the first debate and taking positions along the lines of what New Hampshire voters want. But it's not working.
“If you’re doing everything that your campaign consultants and staff say you should be doing and nothing’s working, that’s a real problem," said Kean.
The media coverage of Christie's town halls meetings last week is showing how his campaign has started to fade away from the limelight. All the major cable news networks covered Trump's raucous first town hall live,
and included clips from former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush criticizing Trump.
Meanwhile, Christie's event, held at an outdoor venue, was broadcast on C-SPAN,
meaning it did not get the most basic press coverage. Most publications and websites focused on Bush and Trump.
Christie's numbers are also dipping in the polls. As of Saturday, according to RealClearPolitics, Christie was in 11th place overall, with just 3.3 percent of the votes. In comparison, Trump is currently leading with 22 percent in the polls, followed by Bush at 10.7 percent.
Christie is trailing all candidates except former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Trump is not Christie's only trouble, though, reports Politico. Kasich, a brash governor like Christie, is currently polling at third place in New Hampshire.
Jamie Burnett, a Republican political strategist who served as Mitt Romney's political director and supports Bush, said Christie has "stalled" because of the competition he's facing all over.
"There are a lot of people occupying that space, whether it’s Bush or Rubio or Fiorina or Walker or Kasich, that all more or less appeal to a similar voter segment,” Burnett said.
But not everyone thinks Christie's race is almost over.
“It’s not clear at this point whether he’s going to be a finalist or not," Charlie Arlinghaus, the former New Hampshire regional director for the Republican National Committee told Politico. "He’s campaigning hard here [and] your goal here is to get on peoples’ dance card so that they want to think about you a little bit."
Mike DuHaime, Christie’s top strategist, says he is happy about the governor's favorable ratings, which are continuing to rise in New Hampshire. His campaign director, Samantha Smith, said the campaign is sure he'll be at the main debate table because Christie has a "really aggressive" schedule planned.
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