During a town-hall campaign event in Windham NH, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he is dropping out of the GOP Republican presidential primary, shortly before the coming primary caucuses in Iowa.
Though he never built much of a following as a candidate, Christie looked to use what little influence he has in Republican politics to take jabs at the frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, as well as establishment sweetheart Nikki Haley, the former Gov. of South Carolina.
“I am 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,” said Christie.
Christie said that, although he has no path to victory, he will continue to speak out against the “dangers” of Trump becoming president again.
Prior to Christie’s dropout, polls suggested that in New Hampshire, his strongest state, he was only projected to receive 12 percent of the vote, compared to Frmr. President Trump’s 39 percent in that state.
Shortly after Christie’s announcement, he left his microphone on after his event, and can be heard criticizing other candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) and Haley, saying that both spent money too fast, and that Haley had no chance of defeating Trump.
Although the comments were original reported as having been made accidentally into a “hot mic,” there has been speculation as to whether the whole episode was a set-up.
Despite Christi’s hatred for Trump, the two have one significant thing in common that they do not share with any of the other currently running Republican candidates.
Both Christie and Trump were deemed ineligible to appear on Maine’s ballot.
While Trump was removed by a unilateral decision by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, despite garnering widespread support from Maine voters, Christie never qualified in the first place.
Christie was unable to accrue the mere 2,000 signatures from voters required for a candidate to appear on Maine’s ballot.