Chris Christie drops out of the 2024 presidential race

WINDHAM, N.H. — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday that he is getting out of the 2024 presidential campaign — as his main competition for moderate votes in the New Hampshire primary, Nikki Haley, gains on Donald Trump in the state. “It’s clear to me tonight that there isn’t a path for me to win the nomination,” Christie told voters at an evening event. “Which is why I’m suspending my campaign for president of the United States.” “I want to promise you this,” he continued. “I’m going to make sure that in no way do I enable Donald Trump to ever be president of the United States again. And that’s more important than my own personal ambition.” Christie is not expected to make any endorsement now, said a source familiar with the campaign, who speculated that he may want to wait until after the Iowa caucuses Monday before he makes any announcement to amplify its effect. A Christie fundraiser said she heard from Christie himself that he would be dropping out. “I am very saddened by this. I wanted him to stay in. He did not have discussions with Nikki about this,” the person said. The decision removes the most high-profile and consistent critic of Trump still in the Republican primary campaign. Christie weathered boos and catcalls at GOP debates when he stuck to his message against the former president. But Christie’s departure may also boost Haley, who has also selectively criticized Trump and who has been fighting for a similar group of moderate voters in New Hampshire. Haley and Christie have both overperformed among self-described independents in polls ahead of New Hampshire’s Jan. 23 open primary. ‘Undeclared’ voters could shake up the New Hampshire primary Jan. 1, 202404:12 Christie had been resisting calls to drop out […]

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