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NH Union Leader on Christie: ‘Boy, Were We Wrong’

I don’t live anywhere near New Hampshire, but I just might take out a Union Leader subscription. On Monday night, the Granite States foremost newspaper apologized for endorsing Chris Christie:

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.

Joe McQuaid, the Union Leader’s publisher, has a right to be upset. Christie seems to have lied to him, plain and simple. Via Politico:

The day after the New Hampshire primary, the publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, Joe McQuaid, received an unusual phone call.

It was a mutual acquaintance of his and Chris Christie’s, saying the New Jersey governor was going to endorse Trump. . . .

“So I sent a message off to Gov. Christie and he called me right back and I told him what I’d heard, and he said ‘No, no, I would never do that,’” McQuaid recalled. “[Christie] told me to tell the other guy to ‘take his head out of his ass’ for saying he would support Trump.”

On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week, Christie denied the charge. But if you spend six months condemning a candidate as unqualified, then you endorse him, perhaps people should take your word heavily salted, yes?

Meanwhile:

Seven New Jersey newspapers issued a joint editorial Tuesday calling on Gov. Chris Christie to resign in the wake of his failed presidential campaign and his subsequent endorsement of rival Donald Trump.

The seven newspapers including the Asbury Park Press, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Morristown Daily Record — all Gannett-owned papers that are part of the USA TODAY NETWORK — we’re apparently spurred to editorial outrage by a Monday press conference in which Christie refused to answer questions about anything other than his nomination of a state Supreme Court judge. Asked why, Christie replied, “Because I don’t want to.”

“We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance,” the papers wrote. “We’re fed up with his opportunism. We’re fed up with his hypocrisy.” [USA Today]

Well said. Me too.