Reports: Christie Expected To Drop Out Of The Race

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaches for a handshake at a campaign event, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Updated at 11:23 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will meet with aides today to discuss his future in the presidential race, and he is expected to suspend his campaign, according to CNN.

The network reports:

Two sources close to Chris Christie says he is huddling with his top campaign aides today and all indications are that they expect him to formally suspend his campaign and end his bid for the Republican nomination. Details are still begin worked out.

ABC News also reported that the New Jersey governor is expected to suspend his campaign, with one source saying he could announce on Wednesday.

And Politico cited a “source close to the campaign” saying that Christie was expected to drop out of the race later on Wednesday.

Fox Business reported late Wednesday morning that Christie would drop out of the race.

Christie said on Tuesday after his devastating sixth place finish in New Hampshire that he would head home to New Jersey on Wednesday to “make a decision” about whether he will stay in the presidential race. A few ABC reporters tweeted that the governor would suspend his campaign, but quickly corrected their reports, according to CNN.

The moderate northeastern Republican had pegged his entire campaign on a strong showing in New Hampshire as a way of clearing out the establishment-candidate lane for himself. After Tuesday’s crushing blow, the New Jersey governor also might not qualify for the next Republican debate, according to the rules released by CBS on Tuesday.

One source told CNN that Christie is a “political realist” and would not want to keep campaigning without a debate appearance or the money to compete in the next primary states.

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