February 17th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani endorses New Jersey Republican for governor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/17/art.giuliani.gi.jpg caption=" Rudy Giuliani is backing New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie."](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.

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soundoff (143 Responses)

    They must play dress up together.

    February 17, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Never trust a man with a first name for a last name. Oh, nevermind. Never trust a Republican, period.

    February 17, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Tariq

    Star power??

    Giuliani endorsing Christie is exactly the kind of miracle Corzine needs to turn this race around and win.

    You can call me a biased liberal if you want, but I'm just basing my facts on the Republican primaries...democrats may know Giuliani as " a noun...a verb...and 9/11", but according to Republican's votes, he is hardly star power.

    February 17, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. bsmith171

    can it be any worse than the GOV who was meeting men at truckstops?

    February 17, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Susan

    So he will loose now.

    What an endorsement !!

    February 17, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    Boy, that would do it for me. Everyone he has endorsed, including himself, has been a loser. Here's hoping you keep up the good work Rudy.

    February 17, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. cph9680

    Another has been!
    Doesn't Giulliani have anything better to do with his time? Like playing dress up or something

    February 17, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Chris

    My standard poodle could do a better job than Jon Corzine. It is surprising because Corzine was a businessman and messed up our State even more. Although the corrupt Democrats in our State will some how win again like always.
    I'm supporting Rick Merkt anyway!

    February 17, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Larry

    I' m a Democrat and I have seen a lot of references to 9/11,whats that ??

    February 17, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. JIM

    Too Bad...I didn't see the name of Lonegan mentioned...he is a true conservative....Rudy and Tom Kean are Bush Republicans....big spenders...they are liberals....there are more conservative Democrats out there.....Lonegan is the best man to start this country's return to true Ronal Reagan type conservatism...you can water down conservatism...it's just not the same

    February 17, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. irishny

    I find it hilarious thyat some people here are so hate filled against republicans,calling them names,insulting its members,calling their black membership "tokens",and then they have the audacity to call the GOP the party of hate!!!

    February 17, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Josh P

    The man's name is Jon Corzine, not John. There are only a million websites you could have used to check the spelling of the governor's name, so I understand your error.

    February 17, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Eileen

    Ah Rudy – with his razor sharp political instincts, quite an endorsement. How many primaries did Rudy win again? Oh, that's right....none.

    Thanks for nothin' Mr. Noun-Verb-9/11 – you big phony.

    February 17, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Sean - NJ

    Reggie's right on. Corzine has been nothing but trouble for new Jersey.

    Aside from all the corruption charges, he has raised taxes, cut funding to Rutgers University, and strongarmed every bill through the legislature.

    It's time for a change.

    February 17, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. justin

    It's Jon Corzine, not John.

    February 17, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Southern Princess

    who cares? rudy is just sour grapes.

    February 17, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. haigh

    Rudy's support is a death blow to Christie!

    February 17, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Chris

    I'm from NJ. I do have to say things are not good here. While I hate voting Republican, the Democrats here are no better and Corzine is a slug. Time to give the Republicans a chance.

    February 18, 2009 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
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