The New Jersey Governor Only Captured 7% of the New Hampshire Vote
By Clifford Michel
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie suspended his campaign on February 10, ending his bid for President which failed to catch fire with voters.
Christie banked hard on New Hampshire in order to keep his hat in the race for President.
The former federal prosecutor had become a familiar face in the granite state holding countless town halls and becoming a familiar face to many.
Voters cited his straight-talk style of politics as much needed in the hyper partisan atmosphere of Washington.
His efforts landed him the support of the Manchester Union Leader, the state’s largest newspaper in the state.
“Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie. As a U.S. attorney and then a big-state governor, he is the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs,” the editorial board wrote.
As it turns out, Christie underperformed heavily in New Hampshire, while media outlets reported on his nonstop town halls, the efforts of Ohio Governor John Kasich were largely ignored.
Kasich held more than 100 town halls in New Hampshire, easily outpacing Christie and ultimately placing second in the state’s primary.
The strong finish gave Kasich what Christie had been hoping to capture since he started the race: a strong look from voters as a possible establishment candidate.
Instead, Christie only gained a little over 7% of the vote in comparison to Kasich’s 16%.
The results were especially crippling for Christie who almost ignored Iowa and placed 10th out of 11 candidates.
After the polls closed, Christie flew back to New Jersey and his campaign was silent until the candidate finally posted on Facebook.
“You never know what will happen. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics – you never quite know when which is going to happen,” Christie wrote. “Even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret.”
Now, he faces serious scrutiny from almost all sides of the political spectrum in New Jersey.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have criticized him for outright ignoring issues in the state.
Journalists, from both small and large papers, and advocates declared the state of New Jersey at a stalemate politically with Christie only returning if he smelled a chance of making national news.
In fact, the Newark Star-Ledger trashed the Union Leader’s endorsement of Christie in an editorial only a day after the paper announced its unusually early recommendation.
“Christie is not even paying attention to New Jersey these days, despite the bad shape we’re in. Legislators and business leaders can’t get their calls returned,” the editorial read. “He’s focusing on his performance. And the frightening fact is that in American politics today, that’s a sensible choice.”
The ultimate irony of Christie’s campaign suspension is that after he was reelected in 2013, many thought that he was the only viable candidate for the 2016 race.
In fact, in 2012, barring his physical embrace of President Barack Obama, many political elites who didn’t think Mitt Romney could beat Obama wanted Christie to run for President.
This included Roger Ailes, the powerful CEO of Fox News.
What’s next for Christie’s political career remains to be seen.
He’s term limited as Governor and has often mocked the idea of running for Congress, saying that he’d “rather die.”