A much-needed piece of good news for his presidential campaign,New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has landed the coveted endorsement of NewHampshireâ€™s biggest and most influentialnewspaper.
The New Hampshire Union-Leader ran a front page editorial Sundaywritten by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid titled:â€œFor our safety, our future: Chris Christie forPresident.â€
â€œOur choice is Gov. ChrisChristie,â€ McQuaid writes. â€œAs a U.S.attorney and then a big-state governor, he is the one candidate whohas the range and type of experience the nation desperatelyneeds.â€
In a not-so subtle reference to rival candidates like Sens. TedCruz and Marco Rubio , McQuaid wrote: â€œWedon’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S.senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing thedisastrous effects of the last suchchoice.â€â€™
And in an apparent reference to other top polling candidateslike Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the publisher argued:â€œWe don’t need as President somewell-meaning person from the private sector who has no publicexperience.â€
Itâ€™s unclear how much or if a newspaperendorsement â€” especially intodayâ€™s media environmentâ€”Â can move voters. But for Christie,who is in 7th place in the Real Clear Politics polling average ofNew Hampshire polls, this could be the boost he has beenwaitingÂ for.
Christie responded to the news of the endorsement by emphasizinghis repeated visits to the state.
In 2012, the paper endorsed Newt Gingrichâ€™sRepublican bid. Mitt Romney went on to win thestateâ€™s primary. But in 2008, the Union-Leaderbacked John McCain , who ended up winning thestateâ€™s primary.