New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will head home to New Jersey on Wednesday to “make a decision” on whether to stay in the 2016 presidential race.
“We’ll take a deep breath, see the final results tonight, that matters,” Christie said in his concession speech after the New Hampshire primary.
“We’ll go home to New Jersey to wait,” he continued. “By tomorrow morning, afternoon we should know, we should know the vote total. That will allow to us make a decision about how we move from here in this race.”
Christie had long counted on New Hampshire Republicans to embrace him as a fellow northeastern conservative and help establish him as only viable mainstream GOP candidate. With such a weak showing in New Hampshire, Christie has little strategic rationale left for continuing his campaign.
At 11:00 p.m. ET, the New Jersey governor was in sixth place in the returns.
After a slow finish in the Iowa caucus last week, Christie promised he would stay in the race for the long haul and said he already had a hotel room booked in South Carolina. It appears that it could go unused.
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