An Editorial - Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: Christie was our bad choice
By JOSEPH W. McQUAID New Hampshire Union Leader
Former Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, expresses his support for current candidate Donald Trump at an airport rally in Millington, Tenn., on Saturday. (REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Boy, were we wrong.
We endorsed Chris Christie in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Despite his baggage, we thought that as a Republican governor in a Democratic-leading state he had the skills and experience the presidency needs (and hasn’t had of late). We also thought he had the best chance to take on and face down 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. Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee. In doing so, he rejected the very principles of his campaign that attracted our support.
Voters here apparently knew better than we. Most rejected Christie but divided their votes among several others, leaving Trump to claim victory. And now, despite specifically telling us that he would never endorse him, Christie is backing Trump.
If nothing else, that might wake up some Trump fans. We will look for that, just as soon as we get the egg off our face.