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Chris Christie Drops Out Of 2024 Presidential Race

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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ended his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ended his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday. (Screenshot)

On Wednesday, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared the conclusion of his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. His departure signifies the departure of one of the most vocal critics of former President Donald Trump within the GOP primary.

Addressing a town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, just 10 days before the initial primary, Christie stated, “It is evident to me tonight that there isn’t a viable path for me to secure the nomination, and that’s why I am suspending my campaign tonight for President of the United States.” Describing it as the “right thing for me to do,” he vowed to prevent Donald Trump from returning to the presidency.

Christie’s decision follows disappointing poll numbers, particularly in New Hampshire, where he had hoped for support due to a less conservative electorate. His exit may potentially benefit former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has narrowed the gap with Trump in the Granite State, according to a recent CNN Poll. Christie’s supporters, as per the survey, are inclined towards Haley as their second choice.

Although Christie has no immediate plans to endorse another candidate, he had criticized Haley before his withdrawal, suggesting she was aiming to be Trump’s vice president in 2024. Despite ending his presidential campaign, Christie’s name will remain on the New Hampshire ballot for the primary on January 23.

Throughout his remarks, Christie subtly criticized other Trump rivals, emphasizing the importance of character in a leader. His departure comes after expressing concerns about potential repercussions if he were to endorse a candidate like Haley, questioning her intentions and potential alignment with Trump.

Christie had launched his campaign in June 2023, highlighting his opposition to Trump’s leadership style, legal troubles, and divisive rhetoric. Despite endorsing Trump in 2016, he distanced himself over time, expressing disappointment in Trump’s behavior and accusing him of inciting the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.

In his campaign, Christie prioritized the New Hampshire primary, aiming to prevent Trump’s victory in the state. His decision to suspend the campaign reflects a strategic move amid challenging poll numbers and a crowded field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

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