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Chris Christie gives ominous warning for future of NH primary if rivals finish at the top

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doubts the future of New Hampshire’s primary if Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio take the three spots Tuesday.

The Republican presidential candidate, in an aggressive campaign throughout New Hampshire, warns voters of the three leading candidates since they have spent relatively little time in the state.

As the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters are steadfastly protective of the state’s status. That could and if Trump, Cruz and Rubio do well on February 9.

“If you reward those folks who don’t show up here,” Christie said, “there is no reason for New Hampshire to be first.”

Although Christie has spent considerably more time in New Hampshire than many of his GOP presidential rivals, he is still polling near the bottom and faces speculation that his campaign would and if he did poorly in the primary next week.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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