Chris Christie accomplished his suicide mission in New Hampshire, taking down both he and Rubio, and now he’s exiting the race:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to issue a statement Wednesday afternoon suspending his presidential campaign, The Washington Times has learned.
The announcement follows a disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, where Mr. Christie was hoping a strong showing would give him more breathing room in a race where the tough-talking governor competed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to emerge as the most viable alternative to businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Mr. Christie was polling poorly ahead of South Carolina’s Feb. 20 primary and Nevada’s Feb. 23 caucuses. So it is unclear just how much his exit will impact the race.
The news of Mr. Christie’s pending exit sparked some grumbling from the Rubio camp.
As reports of Mr. Christie’s decision were surfacing, Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said the New Jersey governor effectively boosted the Democrats with his attack on Mr. Rubio.
“What Chris Christie did was an in-kind contribution to the Democrat party,” Mr. Gowdy, who has endorsed Mr. Rubio, said on Fox News. “There was no chance that Chris Christie was ever going to be our nominee, and he’s certainly not going to do well in South Carolina if he bothers to come.”
Well I’m glad he’s finally getting out of the race. It wouldn’t surprise me, however, if he shows up on short list for VP’s in the coming weeks.