NOW THAT’S “YUGE!”
New Jersey governor Chris Christie – one of the establishment “Republican” candidates whose presidential prospects were consumed by the Donald Trump juggernaut – has endorsed the GOP frontrunner’s candidacy.
“Donald is a leader,” Christie said. “He is a successful person (who), like me, isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Our system is broken and it won’t be fixed from the inside. I am proud to offer my endorsement of his candidacy for President.”
Trump said he and Christie “have had a wonderful relationship for many years” and that he was “proud to receive the support of the Governor and his family.”
In addition to supporting Trump, Christie also ripped the GOP establishment’s choice for the “Republican” presidential nomination – calling U.S. Senator Marco Rubio “desperate” and running a “losing campaign.”
He also mocked Rubio for wearing “a pile of makeup” during televised debates.
In the early days of the 2016 campaign, Christie – in his second-term as governor of New Jersey – was considered a favorite to win the GOP nod. But then “Bridge-gate” happened. That scandal involved lanes on the George Washington Bridge – which were closed in a deliberate attempt to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey (home of a mayor who failed to support Christie’s 2013 reelection bid).
In the aftermath of the petty political drama, dominos fell. Hard. Some of them reached all the way to the Palmetto State.
The scandal changed the complexion of the race …
On Christmas Eve of 2013, Christie led U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky in the GOP presidential race – drawing 20 percent support to Paul’s 14.4 percent. Three months later, Christie’s support had been cut in half – and it never eclipsed the 12 percent mark in national polling the rest of the way, according to aggregate data compiled by RealClearPolitics.
After Christie, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker inherited the frontrunner roles – but their establishment campaigns were swallowed up by Trump’s populist, anti-establishment insurgency, which began its meteoric ascent in early June 2015.
This website has been harshly critical of Christie – who campaigned in South Carolina on behalf of liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and repeatedly buttered up the state’s status quo governor, Nikki Haley.
But there’s no denying his decision to endorse Trump is a major unexpected crack in the establishment’s armor – especially given his willingness to go after Rubio.
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