New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie landed the endorsements Friday of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, as he seeks a boost in the Northeast heading into the New Hampshire primary.
“Right now, our country is in dire need of Governor Christie’s tested, and strong leadership,” Baker said in a statement.
The Christie campaign announced Friday that Baker and Polito will join the Republican presidential candidate at a rally Saturday morning in Bedford, NH.
Christie finished a distant 10th in the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, but is hoping for a turnaround in New Hampshire. Still, he’s only polling at about 5 percent in the state, according to the RealClearPolitics average. Christie, seeking to appeal to New Hampshire’s famously independent electorate, touts his ability to work across party lines, serving in New Jersey as a Republican governor with a Democrat-majority legislature.
Baker hails from a similar political environment, as a GOP governor in a blue state. He garnered national attention in the 2014 midterm elections when he defeated the two-term attorney general, Martha Coakley. Christie also has received the endorsement of another Republican governor who defied the odds in a midterm upset, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is set to attend the rally in Bedford.
He currently has the most endorsements from sitting governors, including from Maine Gov. Paul LePage.