Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump

Chris Christie is above all else a politician. So it's no surprise that he would attach himself to the Trump campaign to see how he might benefit if Trump is elected president. If that sounds cynical, then all you have to do is research Christie's career to see how he has parlayed each step to reach the next level. You could start that research by reading a new book, "American Governor," by award-winning author Matt Katz.

Now, in endorsing Donald Trump for president, Christie is looking to leverage his position as governor of New Jersey to a job in the federal government.

According to an article by the Associated Press, Christie is not only the first governor to endorse Donald Trump, he's the first former Republican candidate for president to endorse Trump. You've got to give Christie credit. He's no fool.

How does Trump view Christie? At an event in New Hampshire, in answer to a question about what he thought of Christie and could he be a potential vice president candidate, Trump said, "He did very well last night. Good guy. Well, there certainly could be a place for him, I can tell you that."

Even in defeat, after he stepped down as a presidential candidate, Christie tried to spin his loss in a Facebook post, which he has used to his advantage throughout his career as governor.

"I ran for president to say that the government needs to once again work for the people," he said. "And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed — that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that's OK."

How does Christie view Trump? At a news conference in Fort Worth, Texas, where he endorsed Trump, Christie said Trump "will do what needs to be done to protect the American people." I wonder exactly what that means and how he plans to do it.

Other news sources quoted Christie saying, "I've gotten to know all the people on that stage. And there is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs, both at home and around the world, than Donald Trump."

That's very different from Christie's statement in an interview last year, when he said, "Donald's a great guy and a good person, but I don't think he's suited to be president of the United States. I don't think his temperament is suited for that and I don't think his experience is."

But, on Friday in Fort Worth, Christie declared their rivalry (is) in the past, saying, "That part of this is over." 

Party elders reportedly view the alliance of Trump and Christie as a political marriage of expedience. As Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, expressed it: "Now it's the walls and bridges team."

Beau Weisman, Editor