A much-needed piece of good news for his presidential campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has landed the coveted endorsement of New Hampshire’s biggest and most influential newspaper.
The New Hampshire Union-Leader ran a front page editorial Sunday written by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid titled: “For our safety, our future: Chris Christie for President.”
“Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie,” McQuaid writes. “As a U.S. attorney and then a big-state governor, he is the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs.”
In a not-so subtle reference to rival candidates like Sens. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], McQuaid wrote: “We don’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing the disastrous effects of the last such choice.”’
And in an apparent reference to other top polling candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the publisher argued: “We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”
It’s unclear how much or if a newspaper endorsement — especially in today’s media environment — can move voters. But for Christie, who is in 7th place in the Real Clear Politics polling average of New Hampshire polls, this could be the boost he has been waiting for.
Christie responded to the news of the endorsement by emphasizing his repeated visits to the state.
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 29, 2015
In 2012, the paper endorsed Newt Gingrich’s Republican bid. Mitt Romney went on to win the state’s primary. But in 2008, the Union-Leader backed [crscore]John McCain[/crscore], who ended up winning the state’s primary.