New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to back Romney for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to back Romney for president

October 11th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Monday during a campaign stop at a VFW Post in Milford, N.H.

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In this Sept. 27, 2011 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Christie is expected to announce any day whether he will reverse plans and join the 2012 Republican race for president, even as he has ignored the political preparation often done in early-voting states. Christie has been silent in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states expected to cast the first votes in the 2012 GOP presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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Mitt Romney's campaign says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing him for the GOP presidential nomination.

Romney and Christie will hold an event Tuesday in New Hampshire ahead of the presidential debate set at Dartmouth, N.H., where Christie will announce his support, the campaign said.

Christie had been considering a presidential run in 2012. He decided last week not to mount a campaign.

Christie's financial supporters had been waiting for him to decide before backing a different candidate. The New Jersey governor's endorsement will send much of that cash to Romney. Romney also stands to benefit from the budget-cutting Christie's ties to the tea party, a group of voters that Romney has struggled to win over.

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