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Christie dismisses post-convention poll that found no increase for Trump

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) dismissed poll findings released Sunday that indicated President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE’s favorability remained flat after the Republican National Convention, while Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE experienced a boost after his convention. 

Christie countered the ABC News/Ipsos poll by saying on ABC’s “This Week” that neither Trump nor Biden received an increase in favorability as both virtual conventions had low viewership numbers. 

“The fact is no one got a bump out of this convention, not Joe Biden, not Donald Trump,” he said. 

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The poll found that 31 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Trump after the Republican convention, an insignificant change from the 32 percent favorability the week before. 

Biden’s favorability reached 46 percent this week, after it jumped 5 percentage points last week following the Democratic National Convention. 

Christie acknowledged that Biden does not have the “personal negatives” that former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE had ahead of her 2016 presidential race against Trump. But he said Biden has lower levels of enthusiasm than Clinton had and than Trump has currently. 

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The former governor said Trump’s Thursday acceptance speech “very effectively” focused on a “contrast on issues” rather than a “contrast on personalities” of the candidates.

“The question becomes how does the president draw this into a binary race between his vision of America and Joe Biden's vision of America,” Christie said. 

“If he does that I guarantee you ... this is gonna be a very very close race,” he added. “He started to do it Thursday night. He’s gotta do it even more over the next 65 days.”