Updated Jul 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy

GOP New Hampshire Gov. Sununu not running for re-election

Gov. Chris Sununu speaking wearing a blue suit

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting on Nov. 19, 2022 in Las Vegas. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, said Wednesday that he will not run for re-election in 2024.

Why it matters: Sununu, one of the strongest Trump critics in the GOP, said in June that he would not run for president in 2024.

  • "Public service should never be a career, and the time is right for another Republican to lead our great state," Sununu said.
  • The governor previously suggested that he was "not leaning towards" running for re-election.
  • He has talked about pivoting to the private sector for better pay, Politico reported.

Driving the news: Sununu, who has served four terms as governor, has 18 months left in his current term.

  • He wrote in a June Washington Post op-ed: "I believe I can have more influence on the future of the Republican Party and the 2024 nominating process not as a candidate but as the governor of the first-in-the-nation primary state."
  • In March, Sununu said he didn't think Trump would become the 2024 GOP presidential nominee.

Meanwhile, Trump, the leading GOP presidential candidate, has seen mounting legal troubles — and yet the overwhelming consensus has been that indictments will only help him secure the GOP nomination.

Zoom in: In his announcement on Twitter, Sununu listed off successes during his terms in unemployment rates, school choice, defending Second Amendment rights and tax cuts.

Go deeper: Sununu passes on 2024 to "have more credibility speaking out against Trump"

Editor's note: This story has been update with additional developments.

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