Within the last hour, word came across the wire from Reuters that Republican New Jersey Governor Christie would be ending his White House bid today.
The wire service quoted Politico, which in turn cited an unidentified source that claimed that Christie, who placed a disappointing sixth in the New Hampshire primary, would suspend his campaign on Wednesday.
At the same, Reuters reports having addressed the legitimacy of the question with Christie spokesman Sam Smith, who said in an email that “no decision has been made.”
Fox Business Network, in a post on Twitter, earlier reported that Christie was dropping out but did not cite any sources. Separately, CBS reported the governor could take as long as 24 hours before deciding, citing sources.
After election results came in on Tuesday evening, the two-term governor said he was returning to New Jersey rather than moving on to South Carolina, the next primary contest, and would reassess his campaign.
Christie had poured much of his campaign’s resources into New Hampshire and had considered a good showing there critical.
News of a putative Christie withdrawal should come as good news to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was Christie’s chief target in the New Hampshire Republican debate on Saturday.
Rubio, who came in in fifth place in yesterday’s primary, has been smarting ever since the debate in which Christie accused him of repeating himself and relying prepackaged talking points.