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. GW BUSH 2001 1.35 trillion dollars TAX CUT for the RICH

    Rudy is a deucebag and it's so sad that he STILL doesn't know it!

    Why I'm not surprised? Because Republiklans are a ARE BUNCH OF CLUELESS BIGOTED, HATEFUL LOT!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Louis

    When is he going to pay back the $400,000 in taxpayer money it cost for extra security when he had sex with his mistress while his wife and kids were back at the governor's mansion? America's joke mayor.

    February 17, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. CJ

    Rudy is a moron just like his former leader!

    February 17, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Salt

    Giuliani is worthless.

    February 17, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Ktruthserum

    I hope Rudy is not planning to divorce again. Why is he always surrounded by crooks?

    February 17, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. RSB

    Why would you want Rudy's endorsement? This is the same man that laughed at being a community organizer and acted as though he didn't know what that was. He probably didn't.. He's a joke.

    February 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Nick

    Not important, why?

    He is a looser. Remember him only campaining in Florida?

    Well,that tells it all!

    February 17, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. ranjit


    An incumbent getting below 40% = kiss of death my friend. Anyone running against corizine can win. Here is a governor of a state, who was not wearing a seat belt and got hurt . He should not have any right to enforce any law. Christie has a good chance to be the next governor.

    February 17, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Matthew, Detroit

    Go Gett'm Guys.

    New York and New Jersey are in turmoil.

    February 17, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Gabe

    Why waste his time on a liberal agenda media; I don't blame him one bit.

    February 17, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Moe, NY

    Endorse away Gulliani, just don't try coming back to NYS and running for Governor.

    February 17, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. fella from chicago

    The republicans are coming...hooray....hooray. This is just the beginning. By the 2010 elections Obama and the Dems failures across this great land of ours will lure the people of this country back to the party of Lincoln.

    February 17, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. aliou

    Juliani who?

    February 17, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. james in s.c.

    The noun... no its the verb....no its the 9-11 dude!!!! GOOD GREIF!!!

    February 17, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. aliou

    Republicans: Just say no! Repuks are a party of destroyers not a party of builders like dems.

    February 17, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    That wil be the kiss of death. An endorsement?....NO! A death sentence!

    February 17, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Gary

    New Jersey needs a governor who will cut spending, cut taxes and cut corruption – – Republican or Democrat doesn't matter as much as actions do.

    February 17, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Otto

    Come on Rudy, run for New York State Governer...total votes for Rudy 0 a big ZERO unless he pays people to vote for him.
    After his comments about Barack Obama's experience I truly believe he is the scum of the Earth. Go away and stay away!

    February 17, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Pat, CA

    Only Republicans can get us out of this Obama mess! And we WILL!

    February 17, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. bankrupt USA

    Guiliana endorses a Republican? WOW this is big news.

    February 17, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Dear God if I ever run for office please do not allow Giuliani to endorse me it's the kiss of death. If I was Christie I would sue that Idiot.

    February 17, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    I cannot believe Jewelee Annie is still on the beat.

    No one is interested in what he has to say except maybe his wife....or one of his wives.

    February 17, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. T

    Who care about Giuliani , he has no merit at all, just ask his x-wife.

    February 17, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Obama 2012

    Will somebody tell Rudy that it's over for him...please!!!!

    February 17, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. jaye

    And his endorsement is supposed to help?
    Rudy Guiliani is perphaps the most despicible man since GW Bush – he used 911 to further his career in politics....and that we don't forgive.
    Rudy – a noun a verb and 911.

    February 17, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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