(CNN) – New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie picked up the support of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday, one more sign that the GOP establishment is coalescing around the former U.S. attorney as he hopes to unseat Democrat John Corzine.
Though Christie isn’t the only man running for the Republican nomination, he’s quickly cemented his status as the frontrunner since entering the race earlier this month, and has picked up the backing of hundreds of Republican state officials. Last week, he secured the endorsement of New Jersey’s former governor Tom Kean.
With Corzine looking vulnerable - he trailed Christie by six points in a recent Quinnipiac poll - prominent national Republicans like Giuliani are expected to lend their star power to the race.
Giuliani said his fellow former prosecutor is “a decisive leader who knows how to make the tough decisions.” He also praised Christie’s commitment to urban revitalization, a central plank of his gubernatorial bid.
“I am humbled to have the support of Mayor Giuliani, whose strong leadership made New York City a better place and positively affected the lives of so many New Jerseyans,” Christie said.
Giuliani has also raised money for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, who, like Christie, is aiming to take back the office from Democrats this fall.
I'd like to announce my support of the canidacy of ... .. . oh wait I thought today was the day TOTALLY IRRELEVANT people endorse someone!
Rudy? Really? Why would anyone want an endorsement from this clown?
Good news for Corzine! The only man who could play the Joker better than the late Heath Ledger, Rudy Giuliani, has endorsed Chris Christie.
What a kiss of death for Rudy to endorses anyone. Look at his track records.
This was not Rudy – It was an imposter. The real Rudy would have mentioned 911 at least twice in a sentence.
Mr. 9-11. What's his new chant?
Does that mean Chris Christie is a cross dresser like Guilliani?
I'm Rudy, and i really think I'm important. Now i have to go tape a segment for Jenny Craig.
I hope you have a concession speech ready Chris Christie because if Rudy Gullian's rooting for you, you're definitely toasts!
Congrats Gov. Corzine!!!
Guiliani the world famous political cross-dresser who needs to identify with who he really is and stop trying to coverup in a joker suit.
Somebody put that Jack@$$ out of his misery......
Who cares what Rotten Rudy does? His endorsement is probably the kiss of death to a politician.
New Yorks biggest snakeoil salesman.
There won't be any offica taking from the Democrats this fall. get used to that. Rudy is a twit... he should be bowing out while it's good.
I feel sorry for anyone that Giuliani supports.
... this is sort'f like Madoff endorsing a financial guru... or Trump endorsing toupees...
Bravo!...............I rest my case.
Yes, and can NJ keep him. He can stay until he runs for the presidency in 2012. Instead of camping out in Florida, he'll camp out in NJ. Either way he loses.
Endorsed by the guy who spent several millions in a presidential campaign and only got a single delegate.
Oh! Oh! He's LOST the election even before the campaigning bagan.
Corizine can rest easy now.
Rudy has given Christie the kiss of death.
Mr. Noun, Verb & 911 can stay in Jersey. I love Rudy, but Jeesh, give it a rest.
And just who cares what Jewlyani has to say about anything?? Why does he still command any media attention whatsoever?? Please – let's move on, he's so yesterday.
Who in this world would want Rudy to support them? Mut be some kind of NUT.
Nothing energizes a Repub more than the smell of blood in the water. Corzine is hemorrhaging profusely.
For some time after 9/11, I thought perhaps Giuliani might become a good President. Thank goodness, we had the benefit of time to decide otherwise. After his repulsive behavior and hateful rhetoric during the 2008 Presidential campaign, he deserves NO respect and ZERO credibility. Who would want his endorsement?