Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chris Christie Formally Drops Out of the GOP Presidential Race


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has formally suspended his campaign for the 2016 Republican Primary Presidential nomination after receiving just 7.4% of the votes and no delegates in the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday despite campaigning heavier than any other GOP candidate in that state.


Although Christie had a strong performance in the New Hampshire debate by mocking Florida Senator Marco Rubio's rehearsed speeches, it still wasn't enough to land Christie a top 5 finish in at the ballot box.

"I ran for president with the message that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government," Christie wrote on his Facebook page. "And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed - that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that’s ok."

"I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know what will happen. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics - you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way. Mary Pat and I thank you for the extraordinary display of loyalty, friendship, understanding and love."

Christie continued to place at the bottom of the race with only a 2-3% showing in the latest national and South Carolina polls. News of Christie dropping out of the race came at almost the same time as former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announcement that she was also suspending her campaign.

Photo credit: Carly Fiorina for President campaign