New Hampshire newspaper takes back Christie endorsement: ‘Boy, were we wrong’

Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump on Friday. LM Otero / AP

The New Hampshire Union-Leader would like to take back everything nice it said about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Christie was our bad choice,’’ Joseph McQuaid, the publisher of the paper, wrote in an editorial on Monday night. “Boy, were we wrong.’’

Late last year, McQuaid wrote several glowing endorsements of Christie, saying he “tells it like it is’’ and has the government experience to follow through on his tough rhetoric.

The Manchester-based paper followed up with a series of editorials critical of Donald Trump, calling him a “crude blowhard’’ and likening him to “Biff’’ from the movie Back to the Future.

Despite those editorials, Trump easily won in New Hampshire, and appears to be on his way to securing the Republican nomination. Christie has since dropped out of the race.

And now that Christie endorsed Trump and hitched his wagon to the billionaire, McQuaid took to his pages to admit he was so, so wrong about Christie.

“Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend — and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency — demonstrated how wrong we were,’’ McQuaid wrote. “Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee. In doing so, he rejected the very principles of his campaign that attracted our support.’’

McQuaid acknowledged that the voters, who rejected Christie, knew better than the paper did.

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