‘Boy were we wrong’ – New Hampshire paper apologizes for backing Christie

March 1, 2016

The conservative-leaning Manchester Union Leader newspaper apologized to its readers on Tuesday for endorsing Chris Christie in the run-up to the state’s Republican presidential nominating primary last month, citing the New Jersey governor’s quick endorsement of Donald Trump.

“Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend — and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency — demonstrated how wrong we were,” the newspaper’s editor, Joseph McQuaid, wrote. “Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee.”

The paper said it had backed Christie, who rose to national prominence when he met publicly with U.S. President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy decimated the Jersey Shore in 2012, days before the 2012 presidential election. That stroll along the battered boardwalk drew the ire of national Republicans, who contended it undermined Mitt Romney in a key point in his unsuccessful campaign for the White House, and gave Christie a reputation for working across party lines that was later undercut by the “Bridgegate” scandal.

Christie finished in a distant sixth place in New Hampshire’s Feb. 9 contest, which Trump won handily. Christie ended his run for the presidency the next day and on Friday endorsed Trump, calling him the Republicans’ best hope to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November.

The paper was not alone among Christie endorsers to be surprised by his quick pivot to backing Trump. Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker, a moderate in a liberal-leaning state, had also endorsed Christie.

“I’m not disappointed, but I’m surprised,” he told reporters following Christie’s announcement. But his support for his fellow blue state governor didn’t put him in Trump’s camp, describing the billionaire as “not my candidate.”

Recent polls show Trump carrying a strong lead with Republican voters in neighboring Massachusetts, one of 11 U.S. states taking part in the Super Tuesday primary.

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Hilarious! ‘Made my day. :-)

Posted by Radfo | Report as abusive

Let me get this straight. The Republicans loathe and fear Trump and believe he is unfit to be President, that he is an ugly, bigoted smear on the American page, but he is, “The Republicans’ best hope to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November.”

And the Republicans wonder why they’re in the shape they’re in.

Posted by JL4 | Report as abusive

Confucius say:

Never trust a fat man if he is a friend of Trump.

Posted by summarex | Report as abusive

Beautiful. Trump is the candidate that conservatives deserve. Anyone who had any doubt that 60% of the conservative agenda is just keeping brown people in their place….. need only look at this year’s GOP front runner.

Their own fault for ever thinking the party was not completely over-run now with NASCAR bigot trolls.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

I was really disappointed in Christie. First cuddling up to Obama when the Jersey shores needed help, then getting into Bridgegate, now giving his vote to Trump. If that isn’t the shabbiest piece of political opportunism.

Posted by pbgd | Report as abusive

I was really disappointed in Christie. First cuddling up to Obama when the Jersey shores needed help, then getting into Bridgegate, now giving his vote to Trump. If that isn’t the shabbiest piece of political opportunism.

Posted by pbgd | Report as abusive

Secretary of Transportation Chris Christie.

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