New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to issue a statement Wednesday afternoon suspending his presidential campaign, The Washington Times has learned.
The announcement follows a disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, where Mr. Christie was hoping a strong showing would give him more breathing room in a race where the tough-talking governor competed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to emerge as the most viable alternative to businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Mr. Rubio carried momentum into New Hampshire following a strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, while Mr. Christie essentially ceded the state, finishing in 10th place.
Mr. Christie’s most memorable moment of the campaign came over the weekend in the eighth GOP debate in which he landed hard blows against Mr. Rubio for being too scripted and too inexperienced to be president, warning that President Obama should serve as a cautionary tale about what happens when the nation elects a first-term senator.
Voters here said that debate led them to rethink their support of Mr. Rubio and give Mr. Christie another look.