After a dismal finish in the New Hampshire Republican primary Tuesday night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Wednesday he would officially be suspending his presidential campaign.
In a state where Christie had invested the bulk of his resources, his lackluster finish in New Hampshire was effectively the nail in the coffin for his presidential aspirations, Mashable reports.
Announcing the suspension in a Facebook post, Christie stated,
Today I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I'm so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way.
I ran for president with the message that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work... Posted by Chris Christie on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Before the announcement, Chris Christie had planned on traveling to South Carolina to continue campaigning. Instead, he took a flight from New Hampshire back to his home state of New Jersey, first telling the press,
We're going to go home to New Jersey tomorrow, and we're going to take a deep breath. [My family and I] will make a decision on our next step forward based on the results that come in here in New Hampshire.
Considering Christie had not qualified to participate in the upcoming Republican debate, it's unlikely his campaign could have bounced back from this clear defeat.
Many likely remember the "Bridgegate" scandal in which Christie's aides caused a week of nightmare traffic for New Jersey residents as part of a strange personal vendetta. Slowing down his bid from the start, the scandal sent many deep-pocketed donors running for the hills.
No word yet on what Chris Christie plans to do politically now that he's officially out of the 2016 presidential race.