MORRISTOWN - Gov. Chris Christie has officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential race.
The governor posted a message on his campaign Facebook page announcing his decision.
In the statement, Christie said, “I ran for president to say that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government…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.”
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Christie returned to his Morristown campaign headquarters Wednesday afternoon. He and his family returned to New Jersey after a poor performance during Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
After coming in sixth place, Christie said that he and his family would return to the Garden State to “take a breath” and regroup on his campaign.
Christie spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire. He held Town Hall meetings and “meet-and-greets” in an effort to get to know voters.
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.
Pollster Patrick Murray says that Christie’s troubles began after the Bridge-Gate scandal.
“The deck was always stacked against Chris Christie, starting in mid-2014 after Bridge-Gate broke,” he says. “The idea that Christie was the savior of the Republican Party just kind of fell apart.”
Murray says that if Christie wants to run for office again, he has to work to rebuild his relationship with New Jersey residents. Murray says he should start that by fixing the pension fund and helping to deal with the dwindling Transportation Trust Fund.
“He's got a lot of work to do to repair his relationship with the state, it's do-able, it's absolutely do-able,” Murray says.
Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary with 35 percent of the vote.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders also won the New Hampshire primary, beating out opponent Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.