Christie gains endorsements in NH: 'It's game time'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to New Hampshire feeling that his hard work has finally started to pay off.

After gathering the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union-Leader, the Granite State's paper of record, Christie picked up the endorsements of noteworthy local activist Renee Plummer and several members of the New Hampshire law enforcement community.

Standing before the law enforcement officers this afternoon, Christie said the endorsements by the Union-Leader and others were "validation" that his campaign had gained traction in the Granite State.

"Everyone was competing for these endorsements and we got them," Christie said on Monday afternoon. "But in the end, the candidate's got to close the sale with the voters."