Christie to drop out of GOP race

Chris Christie
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., speaks at the Iowa GOP's Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa state fair grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at the Nov. 10, GOP presidential debate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to drop out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary.

That’s according to a two people familiar with his plans, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Christie had banked his presidential prospects on a strong finish in the early-voting state, but finished behind most of his Republican rivals in Tuesday’s election.

It was the final blow for a candidate who spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire.

Christie had trouble from the get-go raising money and building support in a crowded Republican field dominated by another brash East Coaster: businessman Donald Trump.

 

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