WASHINGTON – Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will endorse Mitt Romney for president, a campaign official confirmed to the Globe.
The story was first reported by Fox News.
Christie, who just last week decided that he would not launch a White House bid of his own, will appear with Romney at 3 p.m. today in Lebanon, N.H., to make the announcement.
The endorsement is a major coup for Romney ahead of tonight’s debate, giving him the support of an emerging GOP icon as he tries to establish his position as his party’s frontrunner for the presidential nomination.
Christie, who has won praise from both the Tea Party activists and establishment Republicans, was recently the subject of an intense courtship by Republican donors and party elders to seek the nomination. The effort underscored Romney’s inability thus far to curry favor with a certain segment of the Republican Old Guard, despite trying to position himself as the consensus establishment candidate.