The New Jersey governor was considered a desirable candidate in 2012, but decided to stay out of the race. Four years later, he launched a presidential bid amid a mixed economic record in the Garden State. While Christie has not been found to have any involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, "Bridgegate" remained a problem for Christie as several senior staffers have been implicated.
Christie was also criticized by conservative Republicans for his close relationship with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which caused massive damage to his home state. Pictures of Christie embracing the president were seen as evidence that the governor was too moderate.
Struggling in the polls throughout his presidential race, Christie attempted to turn the attention away from Bridgegate to policy. In an attempt to maintain his hard-charging reputation, he unveiled controversial proposals including cuts to Social Security and proposed tracking immigrants with visas "like FedEx packages."
Always telling it how it is, Christie was considered the most blunt candidate until Donald Trump joined the race. The governor's inability to top Trump and granular support among conservatives and moderates led him to suspend his campaign in February.