Following N.H. primary, Christie to return home ‘without an ounce of regret’
After a disappointing loss in New Hampshire Tuesday, NJ Gov. Chris Christie said he will return to the Garden State Wednesday to wait for the final results of the primary election to be tallied before deciding on whether to continue seeking the 2016 GOP nomination for the presidential race.
“We’re gonna go home to New Jersey to wait. By tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon we should know – we should know what the vote count is, and then that’s going to allow us to make a decision about how we move from here in this race," Christie said in a speech Tuesday evening. “It’s gonna take a while to count these votes, so we wanna see exactly what happens.”
The governor had been scheduled to fly to South Carolina before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire. The next GOP debate is scheduled for Saturday in Greenville, but Christie would be excluded from taking part on the forum unless he ranks at least fifth in the primary once the final results are tallied. As of Tuesday, he ranked sixth.
Christie, who has been criticized by New Jerseyans for the amount of time he's spent out-of-state on the campaign trail, particularly in New Hampshire, acknowledged that the loss was tough but said he had no regrets.
“I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose, and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win," Christie said Tuesday. “We leave New Hampshire tonight without an ounce of regret.”
The NJ governor spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire. He held his 76th and final town hall meeting there on Monday.
In his speech Tuesday, Christie said he wanted to convey to voters in New Hampshire that "speaking your mind matters," and he believes he accomplished that. He said winning is never a guarantee. He also congratulated Donald Trump on his win in the primary.
“Winning’s never easy, and no one’s ever given a victory,” Christie said.
The governor added that he will now go home to New Jersey to "take a deep breath" before deciding "how we move from here in this race."
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