Chris Christie poured his remaining presidential hopes into New Hampshire, hoping for good news in last week’s primary. Despite 71 days of tireless campaigning, he finished in sixth place. The loss for Christie, the current governor of New Jersey, comes mere days after a highly successful turn in a debate against fellow Republican and rival candidate Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. But in New Hampshire, Christie secured only seven percent of the vote; he informed his staff of his decision to suspend his campaign shortly afterward.
Christie graciously addressed his supporters in Nashua, N.H. “I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose, and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win,” he said in his statement. Christie will be returning to New Jersey, where, he says, he will now have the time to deliberate over his future. This is a humble exit for a man whose career has experienced significant highs and lows.
In 2012, he was urged to challenge Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Christie declined, but the GOP’s newest golden boy faced imminent scandal the following year with what would go down in history as “Bridgegate.” The bizarre scandal kicked off in Fort Lee, New Jersey, when the removal of traffic cones near the George Washington Bridge resulted in a four-day traffic jam. Three lanes of traffic were deferred to a single toll gate on the busiest thoroughfare into New York City. Federal prosecutors would later conclude that Christie’s staffers had orchestrated the traffic jam in an attempt to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for his refusal to endorse Christie’s re-election campaign.
Bridgegate reared its ugly head as recently as December 2015. In response to Christie’s pledge to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syrian airspace, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul infamously quipped, “When we think about the judgement of someone who might want World War III, we might think about someone who might shut down a bridge because they don’t like their friends.” Christie would later emphasize that he was never charged in connection with the
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