The former U.N. ambassador under Trump, Haley’s standout debate performances and foreign policy credentials sent her rising in New Hampshire surveys. But New Hampshire voters, primed from near-birth on how to vet presidential hopefuls, were already playing prognosticator. Attendees at Christie’s town halls began prodding him to step aside, asking him to consider that it could be in the anti-Trump movement’s best interest to consolidate that vote before any ballots were cast. “I would be happy to get out of the way for someone who is actually running against Donald Trump,” Christie said. “Because I had decided at that moment in my heart … that we were going to, I didn’t reply,” Christie said.