Christie expected to drop out of 2016 GOP presidential race

BY    | Updated: Feb 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the crowd at his primary election night party Nashua, New Hampshire, February 9, 2016. Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told his primary election night party Nashua, New Hampshire, that he’s heading home to New Jersey to take stock of his struggling presidential bid. Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

NASHUA, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to drop out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary.

That’s according to a two people familiar with his plans, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically.

Christie had banked his presidential prospects on a strong finish in the early-voting state, but finished behind most of his Republican rivals in Tuesday’s election.

It was the final blow for a candidate who spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire.

Christie had trouble from the get-go raising money and building support in a crowded Republican field dominated by another brash East Coaster: businessman Donald Trump.

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