This was announced by Chris Christie, the only candidate in the Republican primary who is openly against the former US president Donald TrumpHe withdrew from the presidential race in light of his modest popularity according to opinion polls.
“I will suspend my campaign for president of the United States,” Christie said, in a speech he delivered to a crowd of supporters in Windham, New Hampshire, 4 days before the primary elections in Iowa.
Christie (61 years old), the former governor of New Jersey, was a supporter of Trump but has become one of his harshest Republican critics, as Christie accuses the former president of being “selfish and lacking in integrity.”
American media said that Christie is not expected to announce his support for one of the potential presidential candidates for the Republican Party, but observers believe that his withdrawal from the presidential race will allow room for Nikki Haley, the former American delegate to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, to garner more support among the public. Voters who oppose Trump's candidacy.
Christie, a former chief federal prosecutor, ran in the 2016 elections, but ended his campaign after a disappointing result in the New Hampshire primary. He then became the first senior figure in the party to support Trump, and became a campaign advisor.But he changed his position following the storming of a building by Trump supporters Congress (Capitol) in January 2021 and Trump’s failure to acknowledge his loss in the 2020 elections.
There remain 4 contenders on the list of Republican Party candidates for the US presidential elections, which will be held on November 5th, and they are: former President Donald Trump, and the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantisAnd the former American delegate to the United Nations Nikki Haleyand businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
The Republican Party primary elections are witnessing great controversy in light of the lawsuits against former President Trump, especially after the US state of Maine declared Trump ineligible to run in the primary elections, a week after a similar decision was taken by the Supreme Court in Colorado against the backdrop of a crowd of Trump supporters storming the Congress headquarters in Year 2021.
The attack on Congressional headquarters three years ago still causes deep division in the United States, as 25% of Americans and 44% of voters who support Trump believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is behind this attack, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland. .
Last week, the FBI announced the arrest of 3 wanted persons in Florida for their participation in the attack on the Capitol.