According to multiple media sources, following a disappointing night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided to call quits on his bid to be the next President of the United States.
Christie’s campaign was run in fits and starts from the beginning. Entering the race later than some thought prudent, it was unclear exactly where the “tell it like it is” Governor was going to be getting support. Having donated much of his popularity to helping getting Senators and Governors elected during his time as New Jersey’s chief, he got little back from the Party in his 2016 bid. Most folks reason that Christie missed his best shot at the White House when he decided not to run in 2012.
After 2012 and both the unfortunate picture of Christie hugging Barack Obama and the Bridgegate scandal, Christie’s star began to fade in Republican circles. As it was pointed out early in the primary cycle, Christie’s popularity diminished outside of New Jersey and even within his home state.
In an election where Donald Trump, and not Chris Christie, was the loudest voice in the room, Christie’s “schtick” of putting people in their place with his quick wit and boisterous personality was reduced. Despite the endorsement of some New Hampshire press sources, Christie couldn’t find a seam to rise in the polls.
Given that the New Jersey primary is one of the last to be decided in this cycle, there was little room for Christie to rise to the top of the pack early in the race. Christie bet everything on a strong showing tonight and, unfortunately for him, fell short.
Christie still remains on an establishment nominee’s list for Vice President, but likely below candidates like Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. In a quick autopsy of his campaign, we see Christie generally avoiding attacking Bush, Kasich and Trump. The Attorney General spot in any of those three administrations would likely be open to the New Jersey Governor.