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Chris Christie drops out of GOP presidential race : NPR

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Chris Christie drops out of GOP presidential race : NPR
On July 24, 2023, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks to a crowd at a Concord.

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In this year’s Republican campaign, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie mostly stood by himself as the party’s unabashed adversary of former President Donald Trump.

However, on Wednesday, a few days before the nation’s first-ever Iowa caucuses on January 15, he resigned from that position.

Christie declared at a town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, “It’s clear to me tonight that there isn’t a path to win the nomination, which is why I’m suspending my campaign for president of the United States.”

Christie withdrew from the race for president as it became apparent that his views on Trump’s role as party leader and leadership went too far from those of the establishment. In addition, a number of conservatives had been asking Christie to halt his campaign for weeks in order to give former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley—who has been rising in the polls—a better opportunity to unseat Trump for the GOP nomination.

Christie promised to make sure that “in no way do I enable Donald Trump to ever be president of the United States again,” but he did not support any other candidate at the time of his announcement. And that holds greater significance than my individual goals.”

A hot mic situation that took place prior to the town hall somewhat overshadowed his statement. At approximately 5:10 p.m., he went live on his campaign’s YouTube page with a live feed. E.T. and he was talking about his opponents for the presidency. He added that although Haley was “punching above her weight,” “she’s going to get smoked.” He added that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “is petrified” before his microphone was cut off.

Haley, who referred to Christie as a “friend,” praised the former Twitter user for a “hard-fought campaign” in a post on X.

“Voters have a clear choice in this election: the chaos and drama of the past or a new generation of conservative leadership,” she stated. “I will fight to earn every vote, so together we can build a strong and proud America.”

Christie attempted to make a name for himself this time around by challenging Trump, even though he was unable to do so in the 2016 contest. Christie assisted and counseled Trump throughout his administration, even helping him get ready for 2020 presidential debates with then-candidate Joe Biden. However, the former governor turned against Trump due to the way the former president handled the results of the 2020 election and his involvement in the uprising on January 6.

In an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast, he stated, “Nobody was willing to take the case directly to Donald Trump as to why he — and, through his conduct, had disqualified himself for ever being president of the United States again.” “Let me present that argument. I have been arguing that point. I believe it’s critical for our nation as well as for my party.”

Christie urged other contenders to take aim at Trump directly as well. Regarding his competitors Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy, he said during the fourth GOP debate in December that “people like these three guys on the stage make it seem like his conduct is acceptable.” To be clear, I disapprove of his behavior. He’s unfit, and if you ever get another term with Donald Trump, watch out for what you’ll get.”

In New Hampshire, where he began his campaign months prior, Christie used the last days of his campaign to attempt a Hail Mary. After an unforgettable performance in the first GOP debate, he was hoping that the national primary would provide him with a more defined route to the nomination among conservative voters.

However, he was unable to make the progress he sorely need. Not helping his cause was the fact that the most powerful politician in New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu, supported Haley in December of last year and referred to Christie’s campaign as “an absolute dead end.”

“I know he says he wants to stay in the race to speak the truth about Trump,” Sununu stated, “but that translating to votes in a primary is a very different thing, and he’s hit a ceiling.”

Christie, though, made an effort to continue competing as long as possible. He asked, “Here’s the choice: who do we want to be as a country?” in an advertisement that debuted on the final day of 2023. He goes on, addressing the camera directly: “Donald Trump will sell this nation’s soul. I’m not flawless. I’ve committed errors. However, I’ll always be honest with you.”

By the time Christie conceded, he was polling at a pitiful 3.6%, second to last in national surveys.

In contrast, Trump maintains a commanding lead, polling at 61.3% nationally, indicating that the Massachusetts Republican Party leader’s appeal to his supporters is still strong in spite of four high-profile lawsuits being brought against him.

Christie declared at the end of his speech justifying his suspension that he would keep fighting forces that pose a threat to the nation, most likely Trump.

“Even though I am suspending this campaign, I am not going away and my voice is not going away,” he stated. “I refuse to belong to a generation that acquiesces and says, ‘It’s too difficult. “He’s too strong and too loud,” Christie remarked about Trump.

Christie went on, “That’s what defeat looks and sounds like.” “And America is the only nation capable of defeating itself. And we are the only ones who have the power to stop it.”

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