"It is my great honor to receive the endorsement of the Governor," Trump said. "We have had a wonderful relationship for many years. He is a solid person that I have tremendous respect for."Related: Decisive Win for Trump in Nevada Means Soul Searching for Cruz and RubioTrump himself acknowledged that he "was not big on endorsements" but Christie's endorsement "really meant a lot."Christie's endorsement was followed just a few hours later by one from Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who said in a radio interview that he too is backing Trump for president. LePage previously supported Christie for the nomination."The one thing I like about Donald Trump, I'm not gonna say I agree with everything he's saying… he's showing a vision for the future," LePage said, according to the Guardian. "He wants to make America great again, and he's the only person doing that right now."Christie, who has said many times that he considers Trump a friend, rarely attacked the frontrunner while he was campaigning for the presidency -- despite calls from party members to do so. Christie instead focused his attacks largely on Sen. Marco Rubio, the candidate he saw as most directly blocking his path to the White House.
This is huge. It is a 'respectable' Trump endorsement. It'll open the gates. Saves Trump's awful news cycle. Don't kid; this is a big deal.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman)February 26, 2016
But Christie and Trump do have several things in common — besides their thick tri-state accents. Both are known for speaking their minds and using colorful language even when it's unpopular, a tactic that has proved popular with the Republican electorate during this election.
How is Chris Christie running the state of NJ, which is deeply troubled, when he is spending all of his time in NH? New Jerseyans not happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)November 30, 2015
Trump declined to say if he was going to tap Christie as his running mate, only saying that they haven't discussed the topic but "he's certainly got the talent"Christie also demurred, saying that he doesn't "speculate on those kind of things."But the speculation began even before Christie's endorsement shocked the political establishment, including the possibility that Trump could name him attorney general. Before becoming governor, Christie served as the US Attorney for New Jersey.
Lightweight Marco Rubio was working hard last night. The problem is, he is a choker, and once a choker, always a choker! Mr. Meltdown.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)February 26, 2016