Chris Christie helped run Trump’s debate prep. He’ll also be a debate pundit for ABC. – The New York Times

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey helped lead President Trump’s preparations for Tuesday’s debate, advising the president in the Oval Office and appearing at a White House news conference over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Mr. Christie will be offering his thoughts on the debate — as an on-air analyst for ABC News.

Mr. Christie, a paid contributor at ABC since 2018, will be a featured pundit in the network’s prime-time coverage. He will be joined by Rahm Emanuel, who served as White House chief of staff when Joseph R. Biden Jr. was vice president.

ABC plans to disclose Mr. Christie’s role in Mr. Trump’s debate prep during its telecast.

Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Christie appeared on “Good Morning America,” the ABC morning show, to preview Mr. Trump’s chances. The lead anchor, George Stephanopoulos, noted that the former governor had helped Mr. Trump prepare this year and in 2016.

Mr. Christie offered viewers a rosy view of Mr. Trump’s debate prospects. “The president hasn’t debated in four years,” he said, “but I don’t think he’ll have any problem when he gets on the stage tonight.”


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