WASHINGTON –– New Jersey governor and former Republican candidate Chris Christie is endorsing front-runner Donald Trump for president, he has announced.
Christie dropped out of the 2016 presidential race after a lacklustre showing in polls and state races.
“I’m happy to be on the Trump team and I look forward to working with him,” said Christie during a Press conference.
Trump gives Republicans the best chance to win the White House, he adds.
He said junior senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both running for president, were “unprepared” for the job.
There is “no question” that Trump will turn around Washington, Christie continued, and keep Democratic candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from winning the White House.
Front-runner Donald Trump, a businessman from New York, is leading in many state polls and has already won three consecutive state contests in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, despite never having worked in politics.
He shouldered some criticism from Rubio and Cruz at a Republican debate yesterday but it is not yet clear whether this has hurt his popularity.
“He is rewriting the playbook of American politics because he’s providing strong leadership that is not dependent upon the status quo,” Christie said of Trump.
“I will lend my support between now and November in every way that I can for Donald, to help to make this campaign an even better campaign than it’s already been.”
Rubio, the Florida senator, continued to assail Trump the morning after the debate.
He told CBS: “A con artist is about to take over the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and we have to put a stop to it.”
And at a morning rally in Dallas, he mocked the Republican front-runner about his misspelled tweets and said he had seen Trump having a “meltdown” backstage at the debate.