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.

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Whatz up

    WHO CARES? Gulliani is still playing "Wanna-Be Politician". LOL.

    This guy is truly a joke. He doesn't even realize that everyone is laughing AT HIM, not with him. DAH.

    The GOP, the party of tone-deaf idiots!!

    February 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    Giuliani has NO Star Power!

    February 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Chris from NY

    A verb, a noun and 9/11.

    February 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Christie will be just another rubber stamper for the Republican Party. He'll vote along party lines only. The American people will on their own if this guy is elected.

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Trent

    Christie will vote strictly along the republican Party lines. This is a guy who thinks of himself first.

    February 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Proud American

    I guess it's safe to say he has lost that election.

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. chuck

    Rudy Giuliani is an apology to the United States of America. He's the biggest piece of GARBAGE in New York.

    February 17, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Peter (CA)

    This might be enough to put him over the top--Corzine, of course.

    February 17, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. yy

    Who would trust Giuliani after he made a fool of himself during the Republican convention in '08. The guy does not have any credibility.

    February 17, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Ken in NM

    Is an endorsment by him really helpful?

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. MrManhattan

    Now if we could only get "Piccolo Duce" to stay in New Jersey (we'll throw in Staten Island as a bonus!)

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    That's his kiss of death, who cares what Rudy thinks. he probable doesn't know Mr. Christie from a can of paint. Corzine will spend him into obsecurity.

    February 17, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    SO? Is this a surprise? I think Giuliani just looks for camera's to jump in front of. Can he throw a few 9ll's in there for good measure?

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    Wasn't there a Christie Gov. in NJ in the past?

    What weight does the Big G have in New Jersey? ....of geez...never mind!

    February 17, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. chuck

    One looser endorsing another looser.

    February 17, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Griff

    Endorse? is only as good as the Horse...

    February 17, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. American

    Rudy who????????

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Tim, Seattle

    Noun, verb, 911.
    Rudy is a joke and a has been. Maybe he should get back in drag and run him...er...herself

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Patty in the CA mountains

    Oh yeah, like his endorsement means anything these days....If I was Christie I would say "thanks, but no thanks"....

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. HelloooOOOOO

    Dont know why "anyone" would now believe anything the wife cheating Giuliana would do or say...

    February 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Vicki5

    Uh, yea, good luck with that.

    February 17, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Wayne D. PA

    There goes your six point lead wrong guy to get an endorsement from Rudy wow.

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Scott L

    Liberals are going down after this stimulus pork garbage. Obama didn't even wait a month and this pork spending bill is a sign of things to come.

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Hankers

    "prominent national Republicans like Giuliani are expected to lend their star power to the race." STARPOWER? DIDN'T DO HIM MUCH GOOD FOR THE RUN ON THE REPUB PRES CANDIDACY DID IT? WITH FRIENDS LIKE RUDY, WHO NEEDS OPPOSITION?

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Rudy's endorsement is enough reason to vote for the Democrat.

    February 17, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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