New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped out of the Republican primaries with a little bit of a bang. Rupert Murdoch described it pretty accurately: Chris Christie was a suicide bomber within the ranks of the GOP. He completely destroyed Rubio in the last debate, but managed to destroy himself in the process. It’s actually really interesting.
Once a commanding figure in the Republican party, the so-called Elephant in the Room had problems attracting support for his presidential campaign since day one. He found himself in a lot of arguments — against Rand Paul in the very beginning and against Marco Rubio at the very end. It gave him a sense of a bully, a bit of a corrupt one at that. He attacked Marco Rubio blatantly, and in short it caused both of them lost a lot of support because of it.
Rubio, the establishment plaything, couldn’t really come back after his short circuited meltdown on stage.
However, this attack didn’t help Christie much. It might have even hurt him. Although he did fairly well in the New Hampshire primaries (coming in sixth is a pretty good win for someone like Christie), he should have done a lot better throughout New England, as his home-state of New Jersey was his only real battling ground. There was also a high chance he would have been left out the next Republican debate because of his poor showings in the Iowa caucuses last week and in the New Hampshire primaries. So, despite being the only real force in the previous debate against Rubio, Christie was basically being abandoned by the party entirely.
“While running for president, I tried to reinforce what I have always believed: that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. […] That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough, and that’s O.K.”
So, in short, Chris Christie really did manage to leave with a bang. He hurt Rubio quite a lot, but in the process he hurt himself. But, knowing Christie, he’ll probably run again in 2020. Unless he gets indicted like Rick Perry. But, knowing the Republican party, it probably wouldn’t stop him.