New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to suspend presidential campaign

By Ann Marie Awad  |  Feb. 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM
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TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- After failing to secure a single delegate in the New Hampshire Republican primary, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to suspend his presidential campaign Wednesday.

Christie could announce his departure from the presidential race as soon as Wednesday afternoon after he meets with advisors, an anonymous source familiar with the plans told ABC News.

"We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon," the source said. "He's a realist."

The Washington Times confirmed the news.

Christie leaves the race less than 24 hours after the New Hampshire primary. After his disappointing sixth-place finish, he told supporters he was returning to New Jersey to "take a deep breath" and reassess his chances for the White House. He also canceled his upcoming campaign events in South Carolina, despite an earlier pledge to stay in the race regardless of results in New Hampshire.

Although he got a few good jabs in against Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the last Republican debate, Christie won 7.4 percent of the vote in New Hampshire.

With an even worse showing in Iowa -- he came in 10th place with 1.8 percent of the vote -- the New Jersey governor would have headed to the South with not a single delegate in hand.

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