New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who exited the race for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this month, endorsed current GOP front-runner Donald Trump for president on Friday, February 26.
NBC News reported that Christie gave Trump his nod of approval during a surprise announcement in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday. Christie, 53, said that the real estate mogul, 69, is "rewriting the playbook of American politics."
"The single most important thing for the Republican Party is to nominate the person who gives us the best chance to beat Hillary Clinton," Christie said on Friday. "I can guarantee that the one person Hillary and Bill Clinton don't want to see on that stage come next September is Donald Trump."
Christie bowed out from the race after placing sixth in the New Hampshire Republican Primary earlier this month. His endorsement is surprising because he has repeatedly criticized Trump since joining the race. He was especially scathing in his remarks about Trump when the former Celebrity Apprentice host refused to show up to a Fox News debate.
“What’s that tell you about what we can expect if things go sideways when you go into the Oval Office?" Christie said during the seventh GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, last month. "What are you going to do? Go upstairs to the residence and say, 'I’m not playing'?” he asked. “You know, Vladimir Putin isn’t being nice to me, I’m not going to return his call? The press isn’t being nice to me, I’m not going to hold any more press conferences?” The New Jersey governor boldly called Trump a "13-year-old" during that same speech.
It seems the two have formed a friendship since then. On Friday, Trump said (via NBC) that Christie "was the one endorsement I felt strongly about."
There's no word yet on whether Trump, perhaps, could be eying Christie as a potential running mate in the general election.
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