Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says he will bow out of the race if he does not perform well in the first primary state of New Hampshire.
The former New Jersey governor told The New York Times in an interview that he does not see “any circumstances” where he would leave the race before the primary, but that the state is key to his path to the nomination.
“If I don’t do well in New Hampshire, then I’ll leave,” he said.
A Times analysis of Christie’s campaign stops found more than 90 percent of his events have been held in New Hampshire since February.
Christie said the way to stop Trump from winning the nomination is to deny him a victory in New Hampshire.
“I think once Donald Trump loses in one place, that entire rotted building will crumble,” he said.
But he said Trump will be the GOP nominee if he wins the state, which means New Hampshire will determine the “future” of the party and the country.