CNN: Christie talking with advisors about campaign, expected to pull out; Trump: “We had a long talk” last night

posted at 10:41 am on February 10, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Christie may have won a battle against Marco Rubio in New Hampshire, but he ended up losing the war. Despite having rattled Rubio enough during the debate to reverse his Iowa momentum, Christie wound up trailing Rubio by three points and finishing well out of the delegate hunt. With his Granite State strategy in shreds and his inability to qualify for the next Republican debate, Christie went home to New Jersey last night instead of making his promised visit to South Carolina:

Christie told supporters Tuesday evening that he is heading back to New Jersey Wednesday — and not going to South Carolina — so he can take stock of his Republican presidential bid.

“We decided that we’re going to go home to New Jersey tomorrow and we’re going to take a deep breath,” he said.

Christie had a somber tone during his speech, as he said he wants to reassess everything after the final tally from the primary comes in. He is projected to finish sixth.

CNN reports this morning that Christie’s discussing exit strategies with his campaign advisers:

Two sources close to Chris Christie says he is huddling with his top campaign aides today and all indications are that they expect him to formally suspend his campaign and end his bid for the Republican nomination. Details are still begin worked out.

One source noted that the New Jersey governor is a “political realist” and understood that not qualifying to appear in Saturday’s debate and the lack of money made it impossible to go forward.

Rubio’s polling definitely took a hit from his exchange with Christie on Saturday night. Why didn’t Christie’s rise from it? Fox’s Brit Hume probably said it best during last night’s coverage. “Voters already have a bully-boy in Donald Trump,” and didn’t need two.

ABC hears the same thing:

There does not appear to be much reason to persevere. Christie’s doing poorly in South Carolina polling, and he bet most of his campaign on New Hampshire. Instead of getting the so-called “establishment lane” to himself, John Kasich and Jeb Bush beat him instead. He may have helped propel Kasich to a better result with his attack on Rubio, but Christie didn’t even succeed to the extent of knocking him out of the race.

With Christie out, the remaining governors could hope to consolidate that so-called establishment lane, but … there doesn’t appear to be much appetite among voters for that option. In Christie’s case, there simply isn’t that much to split.

Update: Hmmmmmm:

Asked whether he would seek Christie’s endorsement if the New Jersey governor drops out of the race, Trump praised Christie for his performance at last week’s GOP primary debate.

“I think that Chris did an amazing job in terms of the debate, as a prosecutor, and he’s a friend of mine,” Trump said early Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“And he actually called me last night, and we had a long talk, and he’s a little disappointed because he really did do a great job, he did an amazing job during that debate,” he added.

If Christie follows up his attack on Rubio with an endorsement of Trump, he’ll have to become a contortionist to explain it.

Update: Fox reports that the decision has been made:


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Hopefully, Christie becomes AG next year.

Occams Stubble on February 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Aren’t you a Cruz supporter? Why would you want a gun grabber as our AG?

fossten on February 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Christie is a friend of Donald Trump. That’s all that counts. Nobody cares for politics any more.

You think that you, as a Trump supporter, could throw away the conservative positions that you don’t care for and keep the ones you believe in? Forget it.

Gelsomina on February 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM

To bad. So sad. Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out, bubble butt.

NOMOBO on February 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM

But what does it matter?

verbaluce on February 10, 2016 at 10:51 AM

As a published researcher of many decades, my first question to answer would be, “What do YOU and your silly, smug, flatulent drivel matter?”

RL on February 10, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Same as all the other drivel in blog comment threads, Professor.

verbaluce on February 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM

This idiot was done before he even started.
He’s just too stupid and stubborn to get it… kind of like Jeb.

Voodoo Chile on February 10, 2016 at 12:36 PM

A lot of them won’t …
Doomberg on February 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Sure they will. Unlike those of us who will stay home if the nominee isn’t Trump or Cruz, the rest will do as they’re told. And GOPee will be telling them to fall in line…they’ll have no choice.

rvastar on February 10, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Congrats Chris, that’s two presidential elections in a row you’ve clinched for the Democrat.

almosthandsome on February 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

It took 45 years but I have arrived to the point of hating the party I grew up in, and once worked for…and “hate” may be too mild a term.

Ever since Jeb Bush and then Donald Trump entered the race, the prospects for a decent, intelligent, and effective nominee has dimmed to a vanishing point. I have watched the craven and self-interested Republican politicians recklessly destroy the credibility of any office seeker who rose beyond the pack to challenge Trump.

Rather than work in concert, or at least in respect of the ‘speak no evil of a fellow Republican’ rule, their relentless bloodletting as left a pile of dead carcasses and dashed hopes, none of which has been of any benefit to the conservative voter.

Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz have all been irreparably damaged (or destroyed) by the ‘moderate’ Christie, Bush, etc. It gained them NOTHING and gave the nomination to Trump.

Good work Christie, you may have handed the nomination to Trump. Having ruined the party, you would like to ‘suspend’ your carnage. How nice of you.

Max Parrish on February 10, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Christie is a friend of Donald Trump. That’s all that counts. Nobody cares for politics any more.

Gelsomina on February 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM

One of many dangers of a Trump Presidency is the tilt towards “rule of men” away from “rule of law”. It’s a feature of many Arab shitholes around the world. Forget law, policy, public consensus. It’s all about who you know. If you know the brother-in-law of someone in some clan who deals with someone else, that’s your in. Like the corruption in Chicago (“If I don’t know who sent you, I don’t know you”), or Obama’s race-baiting (If you’re black, you’re a victim).

If you’re a friend of Trump, you’re in. Screw the Constitution and the rule of law. It’s not like that? Then what are Trump’s principles? He has none. Trump. He says “make America great again”. What he means is he’s a winner. When he realizes he can’t drag the rest of our sorry asses across the finish line with him, he’ll turn on us. He’ll be like Obama who says “You can’t change Washington from the inside”. Trump will blame someone or something else for not getting it done. The insults, vendettas, and petty back-biting will take up most of his time.

The Corleones said “It’s not personal, it’s business”. Of course, they lied. With Trump, it’s all personal. A boorish, thin-skinned bigmouth. I don’t want 4 years of that. I don’t even want 5 minutes of that.

LashRambo on February 10, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Congrats Chris, that’s two presidential elections in a row you’ve clinched for the Democrat.

almosthandsome on February 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Didn’t like his RNC 2012 keynote speech. Too self-interested. Didn’t like his embrace of Obama. Didn’t like his sneering at Sarah Palin. Don’t much like his New Jersey bullying, though sometimes it has its place.

LashRambo on February 10, 2016 at 12:57 PM

You think that you, as a Trump supporter, could throw away the conservative positions that you don’t care for and keep the ones you believe in? Forget it.

Gelsomina on February 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Name one conservative position that the current set of Republicans have kept.

See, the argument doesn’t work any more.

dominigan on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Agree and think whoever wins the GOP primary should announce potential staffing/cabinet and run as a team. Not sure this has been done before but it would be an interesting twist to show a strong team to run with in the general. If Trump wins I believe that is how a business person would run the country with the strongest discipline specific management team. The US president should not be involved in specific low level issues around the country.

That Obama plan of being the king just didn’t work or go over well where it appeared his team was insiders behind his curtain. Obama, without his teleprompter, too often had to back down from showing his hand where it wasn’t relevant to the country.

tej on February 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM

I’ve been thinking this for a while. When Trump wraps up the nomination, he could name Cruz as VP, Christie as AG, Fiorina as SOS, Carson for HHS, maybe Bolton for defense and even Romney for Treasury.
Then they could all get out there and campaign and be prepared to start on day one.

Maybe Jeb! could be head of FEMA.

MassConservative on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

It took 45 years but I have arrived to the point of hating the party I grew up in, and once worked for…and “hate” may be too mild a term.

Ever since Jeb Bush and then Donald Trump entered the race, the prospects for finding a decent, intelligent, and effective conservative nominee has dwindled to nothing. I have watched a gaggle of moronic, craven and self-interested Republican politicians recklessly destroy each other’s credibility of any peer who rose beyond the pack to challenge Trump.

And rather than work in concert to save the party from Trump, or at least find a thimble of respect in the ‘speak no evil of a fellow Republican’ rule, their relentless bloodletting as left a pile of dead carcasses and dashed hopes at Trump’s feet, none of which has been of any benefit to the assassins or the conservative voter.

Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz have all been irreparably damaged (or destroyed) by the ‘moderate’ Christie, Bush, etc. It gained them NOTHING and handed the nomination to Trump.

And yet, as I write, Bush continues his lavishly funded ego driven dirty work…hoping to damage Rubio and Cruz in South Carolina – Trump thanks you.

And good work Christie, you may have handed the nomination to Trump. Having ruined the party, you would now like to ‘suspend’ your carnage. How nice of you.

I hate them all (other than Cruz).

Max Parrish on February 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised if Trump took a “Team of Rivals” approach to his cabinet, with Christie as Attorney General. Who else? How about Palin as Secretary of the Interior; Rubio as VP; Carson as Surgeon General…

gengwall on February 10, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Just based on past experience:(And assuming Cruz and Paul stay in the Senate)

Christie – AG
Fiorina – Commerce
Carson – Surgeon General
Bush – FEMA (Hurricane Chaser experience in FL)
Jindal – Health and Human Services
Kasich – OMB
Petraeus – Defense Secretary
Gilmore – CIA
Perry – DHS

KW64 on February 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

MassConservative on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

I like the idea of Bolton as SOS.

KW64 on February 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Hey, remember when this was going to be the strongest class of Republican candidates in our life time? A group of proven, tested, successful governors (Perry, Walker, Christie, Jindal, Bush, Kasich)? Good times. Now we are reduced to two Obamaesque woefully unprepared first term Senators and The Donald.

My top pick was Perry (best record as governor, bar none). My second choice was Christie (I know, I know, but but I like competent people, and as you could see from Saturday night, he knows his shinola.) I will not get the opportunity to vote for either. If my options are HAL 9000 with floppy Dumbo ears and a nasty Canadian with a fat face (but somehow with a pointy nose and a pointy chin poking out of that fat face), I am voting for Chaos and the destruction of the GOP. I am voting for Trump.

Really, it can’t get much worse. If Italy can survive Berlusconi, I think we can survive a President Trump. In any event, it should be worth some giggles.

tommylotto on February 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Buh bye.

dentarthurdent on February 10, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Beached.
And no one rushing to his aid.
Sad. /snort

justltl on February 10, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Too bad Christie is soft on illegal aliens and blissfully unaware about islamists — the two biggest threats to America. Other than that, maybe a good AG.

And I could listen to this guy’s head exploding all day long.

Yeah, Trump supporters are a “threat to this country” — not the massive cross-border invasion and the jihad/hijrah.

If Trump doesn’t win, and if America follows Europe’s lead, Nancy Pelosi will be forced to sit in the balcony while wearing a hijab, listening to the house floor debate in Spanish.

fred5678 on February 10, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Name one conservative position that the current set of Republicans have kept.

See, the argument doesn’t work any more.

dominigan on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

It’s not about what conservative position they keep, but what conservative positions you keep.

You wanna keep your guns? Well, bad luck. You gave up everything else, nobody is going to listen to you any more.

Gelsomina on February 10, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Hey, remember when this was going to be the strongest class of Republican candidates in our life time? A group of proven, tested, successful governors (Perry, Walker, Christie, Jindal, Bush, Kasich)? Good times. Now we are reduced to two Obamaesque woefully unprepared first term Senators and The Donald.

My top pick was Perry (best record as governor, bar none). My second choice was Christie (I know, I know, but but I like competent people, and as you could see from Saturday night, he knows his shinola.) I will not get the opportunity to vote for either. If my options are HAL 9000 with floppy Dumbo ears and a nasty Canadian with a fat face (but somehow with a pointy nose and a pointy chin poking out of that fat face), I am voting for Chaos and the destruction of the GOP. I am voting for Trump.

Really, it can’t get much worse. If Italy can survive Berlusconi, I think we can survive a President Trump. In any event, it should be worth some giggles.

tommylotto on February 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

LOL!! That’s great! :D

NWConservative on February 10, 2016 at 1:22 PM

It’s not about what conservative position they keep

Gelsomina on February 10, 2016 at 1:21 PM

There is no need for you to talk anymore. You don’t care about accountability.

NWConservative on February 10, 2016 at 1:22 PM

And I could listen to this guy’s head exploding all day long.

fred5678 on February 10, 2016 at 1:13 PM

The sound of an elitist, leftist hack’s head exploding is one of the sweetest sounds on earth. Even better than the sound of choking on a falafel right before the Muslim call to prayer was supposed to start.

justltl on February 10, 2016 at 1:24 PM

So, Christie is out, and a new Political Death Watch cometh.

canopfor on February 10, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I’ve been thinking this for a while. When Trump wraps up the nomination, he could name Cruz as VP, Christie as AG, Fiorina as SOS, Carson for HHS, maybe Bolton for defense and even Romney for Treasury.
Then they could all get out there and campaign and be prepared to start on day one.

Maybe Jeb! could be head of FEMA.

MassConservative on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

What in bloody hell would be that harpies qualifications to be secretary of state?????????

It would be insane to try and shoehorn all of those ambitions into one administration. And seriously, fvck Romney, he’s a loser!

Dick Richard on February 10, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Just based on past experience:(And assuming Cruz and Paul stay in the Senate)

Christie – AG
Fiorina – Commerce
Carson – Surgeon General
Bush – FEMA (Hurricane Chaser experience in FL)
Jindal – Health and Human Services
Kasich – OMB
Petraeus – Defense Secretary
Gilmore – CIA
Perry – DHS

KW64 on February 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

This isn’t fantasy football people. And Trump isn’t going to fill his cabinet with spiteful people whom he just crushed. Besides, most of those people have no expertise in the positions you’d place them.

Weird.

Dick Richard on February 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

I think that Christie’s performance in the debate was so strong that he has a chance to take out Rubio and ¡Jeb! and be a top three pick eventually.

Redstone on February 10, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Just goes to show you your analytical skills are shiite.

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 1:48 PM

To support Trump he would have to be a contortionist

He needs the exercise…

Mcguyver on February 10, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Whomever told him it was a good idea to go after Rubio, rather than Kasich or Bush, is a fool. But he’s a bigger one for adhering to that strategy. All he did is enable those two RINO campaigns to continue on while effectively ending his own. Heckuva job.

changer1701 on February 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Spot on.

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Even if he drops out, he definitely helped himself and improved his image.

Redstone on February 10, 2016 at 10:47 AM

What universe do you live in exactly?

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Great. So when Trump, the northeastern Republican who used to be a democrat, goes full Bloomberg on the 2nd Amendment, he’ll have a willing accomplice.

CurtZHP on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Pretty much. And Christie can spend the rest of his time prosecuting pot smokers. It will be great!

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Just based on past experience:(And assuming Cruz and Paul stay in the Senate)

Christie – AG
Fiorina – Commerce
Carson – Surgeon General
Bush – FEMA (Hurricane Chaser experience in FL)
Jindal – Health and Human Services
Kasich – OMB
Petraeus – Defense Secretary
Gilmore – CIA
Perry – DHS

KW64 on February 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

I thought Trump was promising to bring in the best and brightest — geniuses we had never heard of ….. but thi is a list of political flacks; makes me wanna puke.

Gilmore in charge of the CIA?!?!? Christie AG??

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM

One of many dangers of a Trump Presidency is the tilt towards “rule of men” away from “rule of law”. It’s a feature of many Arab shitholes around the world. Forget law, policy, public consensus. It’s all about who you know. If you know the brother-in-law of someone in some clan who deals with someone else, that’s your in. Like the corruption in Chicago (“If I don’t know who sent you, I don’t know you”), or Obama’s race-baiting (If you’re black, you’re a victim).

If you’re a friend of Trump, you’re in. Screw the Constitution and the rule of law. It’s not like that? Then what are Trump’s principles? He has none. Trump. He says “make America great again”. What he means is he’s a winner. When he realizes he can’t drag the rest of our sorry asses across the finish line with him, he’ll turn on us. He’ll be like Obama who says “You can’t change Washington from the inside”. Trump will blame someone or something else for not getting it done. The insults, vendettas, and petty back-biting will take up most of his time.

The Corleones said “It’s not personal, it’s business”. Of course, they lied. With Trump, it’s all personal. A boorish, thin-skinned bigmouth. I don’t want 4 years of that. I don’t even want 5 minutes of that.

LashRambo on February 10, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Trumpettes don’t care about any of this.

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 2:06 PM

I’ve been thinking this for a while. When Trump wraps up the nomination, he could name Cruz as VP, Christie as AG, Fiorina as SOS, Carson for HHS, maybe Bolton for defense and even Romney for Treasury.
Then they could all get out there and campaign and be prepared to start on day one.

Maybe Jeb! could be head of FEMA.

MassConservative on February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

If there is a flaw in this theory I sure can’t see it and it has the potential to bring in more voters. I’m not sure the right person for each position but there are 20+ appointees the President brings to DC so choose some that would be appropriate to resolve issues currently on the voters minds. Defense, SOS, Commerce, Homeland Security, VA, Treasury, AG, Labor. Weekly press conferences with the team during the general would be impressive and set a new standard in campaigning with facts and specifics.

tej on February 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

I thought Trump was promising to bring in the best and brightest — geniuses we had never heard of ….. but thi is a list of political flacks; makes me wanna puke.

Gilmore in charge of the CIA?!?!? Christie AG??

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM

And worst of all Petraeus, the disgrace to the uniform, who told a congressional committee, 3 days after Benghazi, that it was the video, this committing a felony as well as betrayal.

VorDaj on February 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

A friend of mine back in NYC bought a German Shepherd for protection for his family while he was in the city at work. The dog severely bit his 5 year old son and my friend had to put the dog down. The dog could not distinguish between this guy’s family and an intruder. It wasn’t surprising to me; how can you direct the attack instincts of a dog like this, one step away from a wolf?

Chris Christie is a former prosecutor and behaved like a junk yard dog in the last debate, mauling one of his own, Rubio. He might have been good for attacking Hillary, or Bernie, or now likely Joe, but he couldn’t control himself and savaged a member of the family first.

For the good of the party, the race, and common decency, Christie should wipe the foam off his mouth and take himself out behind the barn, and put himself down politically, figurative, and withdraw from the race.

I do not see how thinking quickly on one’s feet, versus consideration that may take more time, is a qualification for the presidency of the United States. Maybe it’s good in court, or on Jeopardy, but I don’t need an impulsive hothead as president who lashes out at the first thing that comes to his mind.

I do not want a man who enjoys mauling others as President. Maybe he might make a good AG, or ambassador to Russia, if we keep him well fed and on a strong leash.

billrowe on February 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Maybe CC can join Carson on trumpers plantation.

Lee Jan on February 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM

the New Jersey governor is a “political realist” and understood that not qualifying to appear in Saturday’s debate

Why are we allowing RNC/ABC/CBS to pick the Republican Presidential Nominee by determining which candidates get to appear in the debates?

When there were 17 GOP candidates, obviously it was necessary to reduce the number of candidates on the main stage.

But now that there are only 7 or 8 serious candidates, they should all be allowed to participate in the debate.

As a voter, I want to hear from both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie. They both provide a valuable perspective in this election cycle.

Candidates will eventually drop out for various (mostly financial) reasons. Not being able to debate should not be a reason to suspend a campaign after only 2 states have voted.

wren on February 10, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Christie out. Now only one loud mouthed NY/NJ in race. Good.

Seriously, this is historic times. Just like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Wilson. Sea changes in politics.

Pay attention, take notes.

Someday, someone may ask you what happened.

archer52 on February 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Pay attention, take notes.

Someday, someone may ask you what happened.

archer52 on February 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

This is the result of bad history. A community organizer gets elected as POTUS based on race and puts the country and world into a downward spiral for 8 years. The result are the over reaction and desperation from Americans to stop it, reverse the damage and make america great again through revolutionary means if possible. The results can be seen in Trump and Bernie’s success where everyone is moving to more extreme positions. There isn’t even a status quo moderation that can eventually heal this mess.

tej on February 10, 2016 at 4:31 PM

The gop Establishment hates the Base of the party……….and NOW it’s mutual.

But do the filthy lying sacks of excrement that we keep re-electing know it yet?

Or do they even care?…..because they can actually make more money lobbying from K Street.

STRONGMAN here we come!!!

PappyD61 on February 10, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Dick Richard on February 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

AmerigoChattin on February 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Check out their resumes before you say they have no experience in these areas.

I could waste a lot of ink spelling it out for you; but really, “Petraeus knows nothing about defense”? I work with people who worked with him and to a man, they would highly disagree with you. Perry understands the immigration issue very closely having been Gov. of Texas and putting his own National Guard on the border when Obama failed to enforce the border. Gilmore at CIA– A former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Gilmore led the Gilmore Commission, a congressional panel that advised both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush about the country’s ability to respond to domestic terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Jindal–Jindal was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, an agency that represented about 40 percent of the state budget and employed over 12,000 people. He was called a genius who has a lot of knowledge of medicine. During his tenure, Louisiana’s Medicaid program went from bankruptcy with a $400 million deficit into three years of surpluses totaling $220 million.

The others have similar experience related to the offices mentioned. If you want a team run, having people who have run and won offices who have the relevant experience is a way to avoid embarrassment and incorporate their supporters into your campaign.

KW64 on February 10, 2016 at 6:33 PM

I can picture Christie as AG nailing Hillary and her co-conspirators hides to the wall.

It’s a great visual.

talkingpoints on February 10, 2016 at 10:14 PM

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