Gov. Chris Christie will make it to the big stage on Thursday night, coming in ninth among Republican presidential hopefuls, thus making it into the first GOP debate being hosted by Fox News and Facebook.
Christie lagged real-estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Senator Marco Rubio; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. He edged ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who came in at number 10.
Seven other GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham did not make the cut and have been invited to debate one another earlier in the day on Thursday.
Fox News said it determined the 10 participants by averaging the results of the five most recent national polls, including those from Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, Fox News and CBS News.