Chris Christie Suspends 2024 Presidential Campaign, Marks the Exit of Trump’s Most Outspoken Critic in GOP Primary

WINDHAM, New Hampshire — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce his suspension of the campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination during a 5 p.m. event in Windham, according to a source familiar with his plans.

Christie’s decision comes after disappointing poll numbers, particularly in New Hampshire, where he hoped his opposition to former President Donald Trump would resonate with a less conservative electorate. His departure from the race could work in favor of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has been gaining ground in the Granite State.

During his announcement, Christie will outline the future of the GOP but does not have immediate plans to endorse another candidate, according to a Republican source.

Christie’s campaign focused on taking on Trump, criticizing his legal troubles and controversial rhetoric. He called Trump “disgusting” and accused him of “dog-whistling” and inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Despite endorsing Trump in 2016 and advising him on his 2020 campaign, Christie expressed his disappointment with Trump’s behavior and presidency.

In the GOP primary debate last August, Christie called out his rivals for saying they would support a convicted felon as the Republican nominee. He made his focus on the New Hampshire primary clear, stating that if Trump were to win there, he would win the nomination.

This marks Christie’s second run for the GOP presidential nomination, and he had made it known that he may consider voting for a third-party candidate if he did not win, though he ruled out launching his own outside bid.

With Christie’s exit, the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination continues, and the remaining candidates will have to rally support in New Hampshire and other key states.