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Republican presidential candidate Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) Republican presidential candidate Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)  

Tom Ridge endorses Jon Huntsman

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Amanda Carey
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Jon Huntsman got another major endorsement Friday morning; this time, from former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

The endorsement came during a campaign stop at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Ridge attributed his endorsement to Huntsman’s record as governor, and experience in the business world and as ambassador to China.

“Governor Huntsman is the only candidate with demonstrated success at the state, national and international levels,” said Ridge in  a statement. “Jon has a proven record in creating jobs, strengthening America’s competitiveness and advancing our interests in a global economy.”

“His significant experience and statesmanship already signal ten times over that he is ready to take on the complex challenges facing the country and meet the demands of America’s leadership with the rest of the world,” Ridge added.

In 2008, Ridge campaigned for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid. Before that, he was close advisor to George W. Bush. He now serves as  president and CEO of the international consulting firm Ridge Global, in Washington, D.C.

Huntsman has also received a number of endorsements from political heavyweights in South Carolina and Florida, including Jeb Bush Jr.

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