Christie Formally Ends Campaign Bid After NH Loss

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has officially suspended his presidential bid Wednesday after placing sixth in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. “We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon,” a campaign aide told ABC News. “He’s a realist.” Christie apparently expected a better finish, since he took several successful shots at Sen. Marco Rubio during Saturday night’s GOP debate. Christie’s decision came after news that he would no longer qualify for the next debate, scheduled for Feb. 13 in Greenville, South Carolina. In a statement on Facebook, Christie said: "While running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed."

"That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that’s ok," he added.