February 10, 2016 at 5:01 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Christie, Fiorina suspend presidential campaigns

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Feb. 10, 2016, suspended his presidential campaign after a disappointing finish in the New Hampshire Republican primary. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Two Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday suspended their campaigns after their disappointing finish in the New Hampshire primary.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a statement announced that he has ended his White House bid.

“I leave the race without an ounce of regret,” he said. “I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way.”

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in a statement she posted to her Facebook page said that she too has suspended her campaign.

“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them,” she wrote.

Christie on Tuesday finished in sixth place in the Republican primary behind Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Fiorina came in seventh place with slightly more than four percent of the vote.

Jay Lassiter, an LGBT rights advocate from New Jersey, and two students from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts protested Christie outside a campaign appearance in Bedford, N.H., on Feb. 6.

Lassiter during an interview with the Washington Blade criticized Christie over his veto of a bill that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in New Jersey. The self-described “gay guy from New Jersey” reiterated this criticism on Wednesday upon learning that the Republican governor had suspended his campaign.

“Part of my wants to do a victory dance,” Lassiter told the Blade. “Then i remember how Chris Christie spent the past six years sacrificing New Jersey residents — especially LGBTs — at the altar of his own political ambition.”

“Watching his spectacular collapse lacks the schadenfreude I was expecting,” he said. “There’s no joy; just a cruel reminder of all the damage he’s done.”

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From left; Emily Myers, Amy Myers and Jay Lassiter protest New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outside a campaign event in Bedford, N.H., on Feb. 6, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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