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

Giuliani endorses New Jersey Republican for governor

 Rudy Giuliani is backing New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie.

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)
  1. Art

    Are you sure you want that endorsement? It would probably hurt more than help!

    February 17, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Frankm64

    It would have been nice if Christie's war against corrupt politicians included a Republican or 2 from Morris County which is a Republican stronghold. Maybe Christie's tenure as a Freeholder there before becoming prosecutor made him a little too friendly with this one party rule part of the state.

    February 17, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. kenny cole

    Sorry to say i hate this man call rudy,he never talk with sence and anyone he endorse allways lost the race.

    February 17, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Dianne

    Kiss of death...thank God!

    February 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. kenny cole

    Poor rudy community organiser is now your president what you gonna do now?

    February 17, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. dave

    Good Idea Rotten Rudie hasn't pick a winner yet.

    February 17, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. K3ndall

    What a bleeping suprise!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. ike

    Can someone please tell why this is a big deal????

    February 17, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. William

    Why is this getting national coverage? Who cares?

    February 17, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Karl

    Keep this idiot out of my state. We have enough problems!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Griff

    America did not inherit this deficit... Barack Obama did. He came in with an idiotic-God illusion... I am your Savior! Barack Obama is an Idiot, and any American who believes in this idiot should be ashamed of them selves.,.

    February 17, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. BeefyDaddy

    Rudy who?

    February 17, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. D.Holiday OH


    Rudy Guliani is to be taken about as serious as Borat. Come on, he's not even a good liar.

    When the republicans come up with a real plan they you can come to us, the American people, and complain a bit. If you so much as try one more time to convence us that Michael Steele is something to we should celebrate, OMG like he's something special, there will no longer be an independent party, we'll all convert to democrats.


    February 17, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Joe Terrogano

    Giuliani "Star power", really?

    February 17, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Anna, MO

    I love our president, because he's not motivated by greed. I'll try his ideas a thousand times before I'll go with the maximum greedy Republican thugs. We listened to one thug for 8 years, you think I want to listen to Rush, Sean, Rudy, Romney, McCain and Sarah? He## no, I want them to SHUT UP, NOW. No more greedy thugs–NO MORE. America deserves better.

    George Worst President Bush wasn't voted the 7th worst president ever for nothing. He was evil, and I will not listen to his followers for one second.

    Obama 2012

    February 17, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Country first my butt

    A Rudy endorsement is a kiss of death.

    The republicans would rather see this country fail than support our democratic President!

    February 17, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. reggie

    Good-bye Corzine. You've ruined your state enough. Time for some new blood in the governors mansion. AND don't try to blame NJ's troubles on President Bush...

    February 17, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. God Help us

    And that did him good how, Him history repeats itself, he endorses himself for President Lost that, Endorsed Mccain and Palin they lost Endorses this Guy >>>>>>>?

    February 17, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Rita, NY

    I honestly believe that what goes around, comes around. Take Ronald Reagan. The most important person in the world to him was Nancy, and by the end of his life he didn't know who he was, much less Nancy.

    Take Lee Atwater, he led the most racist campaign ever, and died two months after the election of cancer, but not before he called Jesse Jackson to his bedside to ask for forgiveness.

    Take George-Segregation Now, Segregation Forever Wallace. He stood in the door of the Little Rock school house to block blacks from a decent education, and later got shot and was paralized from the waste down. He later had to have round the clock care by black people, not whites. So some black women had to feed him and prepare his meds. Think about it.

    What goes around comes around, and God don't like ugly. By the way, he's not that crazy about pretty either–it's what's in your heart that counts.

    February 17, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. john

    what the effe does this clown know!

    February 17, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. bob hicks

    G and mccain are two of a kind, they should stick there heads in there shorts

    February 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. CLYDE

    Rudky is a has been and a LONG FORGOTTEN JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Some people on here are right on the money: a LOSER

    February 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. John

    Great, an endorsement from Daffy Duck himself! Its Rabbit Season!

    February 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. P. Y.

    If ever there was a reason NOT TO VOTE for Christie it would be because Rudy supports him. WOW ! This man, Rudy, is a clown and his days in office are hopefully over.

    February 17, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. chris24

    who cares what this moron thinks?

    he should move to florida to wait for
    the next primary season to come to him

    February 17, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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