The New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Chris Christie
New Hampshire’s largest and most influential conservative newspaper is The Union Leader and as such it is always a much sought after endorsement for Republican candidates who are running for office, both on the state and the national level.
Today The Union Leader finally endorsed a candidate in the Presidential race and it come as a bit of a shock. While taking a shot at Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump the newspaper endorsed a man with fading Presidential aspirations–Chris Christie.
Here is some of what the newspaper had to say in its endorsement:
Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie. 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.
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.
That last sentence was obviously a shot at Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but here is more:
Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term. Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won’t get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.
Gov. Christie is right for these dangerous times. He has prosecuted terrorists and dealt admirably with major disasters. But the one reason he may be best-suited to lead during these times is because he tells it like it is and isn’t shy about it.
And then comes the shot at Donald Trump:
Other candidates have gained public and media attention by speaking bluntly. But it’s important when you are telling it like it is to actually know what you are talking about. Gov. Christie knows what he is saying because he has experienced it. And unlike some others, he believes in what he says because he has a strong set of conservative values.
Gov. Chris Christie is exactly the conservative Republican needed to take the fight to Hillary Clinton next fall and then get about the serious business of defending us and rebuilding our economy.
I understand what the newspaper is getting at: in a perfect world a person with executive experience and not someone with merely legislative experience, or someone who is known mostly as a blowhard, would be preferred as a Presidential candidate. But Chris Christie? Really?
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