The GOP presidential field grew thinner on Wednesday after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he was dropping out of the race.
Christie made the announcement during a town hall meeting in Windham, New Hampshire. The former governor admitted that dropping was the right thing to do before adding that he would not do anything to enable former President Donald Trump to win the 2024 election.
“I’ve always said that if there came a point in time in this race where I couldn’t see a path to accomplishing that goal that I would get out, and it’s clear to me tonight that there isn’t a path for me to win the nomination, which is why I’m suspending my campaign tonight for president of the United States,” said Christie. “It’s the right thing for me to do. Because, I want to promise you this — I am going to make sure that in no way do I enable Donald Trump to ever be president of the United States again.”
Chris Christie was a guy without a constituency: Sen. JD Vance pic.twitter.com/CMK4vyN2rW
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 11, 2024
Christie, a vocal Trump critic, raised just $5.4 million since he announced his candidacy in June 2023, with $3.9 million cash on hand.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, the former New Jersey governor has been facing pressure to drop out of the race so that the non-Trump field could consolidate around former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump reacted to the news on his Truth Social media with glee, adding that he might start to like the former governor.
“I hear Chris Christie is dropping out of the race today — I might even get to like him again! Anyway, he was just caught on a hot mic making a very truthful statement: “She’s gonna get smoked…You and I both know it, she’s not up to this.”
Here’s something most are missing in this Chris Christie hot mic clip
He said Nikki Haley spent $68 million on tv ads
SIXTY EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS
And guess who’s sending $$ to her PACs?
Reid Hoffman & other Democrat billionaires who hate Trump
Hey NH – do you feel duped yet? pic.twitter.com/E57jKtML7l
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) January 11, 2024
While Trump remains the favorite to win the GOP primary election, polls show that Haley —who served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations— is closing the gap to the former president.