Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Highest office held:
Governor of New Jersey

Notable quote:
“You know, I think what the American people want more than anything else right now is someone who's just going to look them in the eye and tell them the truth, even some truths that they don't like.”

Chris Christie

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Chris Christie, known for its struggle to reach the main Republican debate stage and its leader’s “tough-talking style,” died Feb. 10, 2016. It was 226 days old.

The campaign was born June 30, 2015, after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at his alma mater, Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, telling voters he was “ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.”

The campaign was often criticized after Christie spent so little time in his own state — he spent 72 percent of the year campaigning or taking care of other business outside New Jersey. It also faced some major backlash after the campaign wouldn’t reimburse state taxpayers for its security detail while on the road. The governor didn’t even return to the state after Winter Storm Jonas left part of the state flooded, famously asking one student, “Do you want me to go down there with a mop?

One of the strongest moments in the campaign’s life was when Christie delivered a “devastating attack” against Florida Sen. and fellow candidate Marco Rubio, criticizing the senator’s “25-second memorized speech” on how to make the United States the strongest country in the world. The campaign was also the first on the Republican side to receive a newspaper endorsement. The endorsement came from the New Hampshire Union Leader, and many thought it would come with a great advantage in the New Hampshire primary. Christie ultimately finished sixth in the state’s primary.

The campaign is survived by Christie’s governorship, which will reach consecutive term limit in 2018, and Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president.