Christie: McCarthy, not Trump, will be the next Speaker

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieChristie: McCarthy, not Trump, will be the next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to Senate for Biden spending plan MORE (R) brushed off speculation that former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE could become the next Speaker of the House if Republicans take back control of the lower chamber next year.

"I just don't think that'll ultimately happen," Christie told Julie Mason on Sirius XM's "Julie Mason Mornings" when asked about speculation Trump would come back to Washington to be Speaker, an idea floated recently by Trump's former chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims MORE

"I think that's one of the things that the media likes to write about," Christie continued. "It's like a brokered convention. Every four years the media loves to write about a brokered convention, and it never happens." 

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"So, unfortunately, I think that'll be another disappointment for the media," he said. "You guys aren't going to get a Speaker Donald Trump." 

When asked whether he thought Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Christie: McCarthy, not Trump, will be the next Speaker MORE (R-Calif.) would be Speaker if Republicans regained control of the House in 2022, Christie said, "I think he'll be the Speaker." 

Christie, an early backer of Trump, has been critical of the former president recently, arguing Trump needs to focus on the future instead of harping over the 2020 presidential election results. 

His comments come after Meadows said last week he would "love to see" Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.) replaced by Trump in the event Republicans take back the House. 

"I would love to see the gavel go from Nancy Pelosi to Donald Trump. You talk about melting down. ... People would go crazy," Meadows told former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon on "War Room." 

"As you know, you don't have to be an elected member of Congress to be the Speaker. She would go from tearing up a speech to having to give the gavel to Donald Trump," he continued. "Oh, she would go crazy."

A number of polls show House Republicans on track to regain control of the lower chamber as President BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE's poll numbers continue to sink. Democrats currently hold a slim 221-213 seat advantage in the House.