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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ends bid for Republican presidential nomination

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NASHUA, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dropping out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary.

Christie informed his staffers Tuesday of his intention, sources told the Associated Press.

Christie had banked his presidential prospects on a strong finish in the early-voting state, but finished behind most of his Republican rivals in Tuesday's election.

It was the final blow for a candidate who spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire.

Christie had trouble from the get-go raising money and building support in a crowded Republican field dominated by another brash East Coaster: businessman Donald Trump.