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Chris Christie endorses Trump

Yes, this is huge. I’m blogging from the Metrpolitan Museum of Art on my iPhone. Will have a lot more to say later.

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Obviously this is great news for Trump because he needed some social proof. For more than half a year, the MSM has been saying that Trump is a bozo who can’t possibly win the nomination and he’s also an evil racist. So Trump needs social proof like this to let people know that it’s OK to vote for him, respectable governors like Christie support him.

And Christie is pretty well respected among Republicans. His endorsement is big enough that 1 to 2 points could come off of Rubio and move to Trump, and that would make a huge difference.

And this endorsement comes before the crucial Super Tuesday primaries. Christie gave Trump his endorsement when it will do Trump a lot of good.

It’s also common sense for Christie. Getting on Trump’s good side when Trump is likely to be the next president of the United States makes a lot of sense. This has to put Christie at the top of Trump’s short list of vice presidential picks. It’s always good advice to pick for vice president someone who also ran for the nomination but lost.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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  1. Yeah I think this is a big deal, “social proof” and all that.

    Mike Street Station

    February 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  2. It think we all know what Lion will say. Christie’s endorsement will encourage all white working-class proles everywhere to vote for Trump. Trump will now win in November with 70% of the electorate. Barry Goldwater, Russell Kirk, and Ronald Reagan will all return from the dead and declare Trump to be a true conservative, and in the future we won’t even need a president since his work will be replaced by a mechanical; device called “Trump – the Robot.”

    Oh, yes. and Christie is sure to be Trump’s VP pick. And the Republicans will carry NJ in a presidential election for the first time in years.


    February 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    • “in the future we won’t even need a president since his work will be replaced by a mechanical; device called “Trump – the Robot.””

      This reminds me of my own hilarious post-SC Facebook trolling:

      “Now that Trump’s rise to power is inevitable, we should think about how to comfort the non-believers. I’d suggest assuring them that Trump will be a benevolent dictator who science can probably keep alive indefinitely, but in the off chance that he dies, we’ll freeze his body and Ivanka will reign until we can use the power of technology to revive him and restore him to his most powerful state.”

      If you don’t think that’s funny, I have 4 “likes” that say otherwise.


      February 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    • Goldwater, Kirk and Reagan would all be voting for Trump I’d venture. Certainly over Rubio and very likely over Cruz. Both Reagan and Goldwater had real enemies to fight and weren’t engaged in silly Wilsonian blustering (a la Rubio). Of all of them Reagan came closest to pushing multiculturalist pap but only indirectly as a means of making the USSR look bad. I believe Kirk fully understood the disaster attendant on abandoning one’s national identity just as Trump does. A point that seems to persistently evade anyone with the last name Bush or Rubio.


      February 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  3. In exchange for Veep? That would be yuger.


    February 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  4. TrueCon cucks at Redstate are flipping their shit. The complete destruction of the TruCons is necessary to Make America Great Again.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    • And the Stupid Christians, of course.


      February 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      • We can’t destroy the Stupid Christians because we need their votes in the general. Don’t be impractical.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 27, 2016 at 4:33 am

    • FYI, the complete destruction of a few other groups is necessary as well…


      February 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm

  5. I don’t think he’ll pick Christie for VP. Maybe Attorney General?

    I’m still hoping for Jeff Sessions but we’ll see. Might be a little old but Sessions is my dream policy candidate and I would love to have him involved in Cabinet meetings.

    Might still go with Kasich. Not my favorite but I would take it.


    February 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    • I was thinking the same. Seems perfect for AG but who knows. This year has been weird enough already and I don’t expect that to change.

      G VIC

      February 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    • Sessions is a dream candidate, but I think Sessions is far more useful in the Senate. He doesn’t add anything as far as attracting voters, I mean, if you like Trump’s immigration policy you don’t need a Sessions to lure you; you’re already there.

      Mike Street Station

      February 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      • Sessions is a dream candidate, but I think Sessions is far more useful in the Senate.

        Of course. What is the obsession with pulling unique people OUT of positions of power.

        Sessions should stay in the Senate for the next 50 years. He’s needed there.

        If Cruz wants to pretend to be against invasion let him prove it in the Senate with President Trump.

        The VP should be Scott Brown

        Cristie is a good talker so he will be a legal voice for the Trump administration even if not Attorney General, who should probably be James Comey from the FBI.

        Huckabee might want a spot at Health and Human Services.


        February 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      • Fair point. You are right. He should stay in the Senate.

        I really like the idea of Scott Brown too.


        February 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

  6. If this is a deal for the VP spot and it makes it more likely that Trump wins the nomination and loses the general, I guess that’s a net good per my comments earlier today.

    In that scenario, smart move by Christie. His career in his home state is in bad shape and his presidential campaign didn’t take. Longshot at becoming vice-president is maybe his best option if he wants to stay in the game instead of retiring from politics and making $$$$.

    Greg Pandatshang

    February 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm

  7. Makes sense. Trump has a better shot at winning than Rubio or Cruz at this point, and Christie attacked them recently during his campaign, so Christie has better future prospects supporting Trump. He may have a position with a Trump administration or some related jobs or contacts by endorsing Trump.


    February 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  8. Any thoughts on David Duke’s support for Trump?

    “Donald Trump supported by former KKK leader David Duke: ‘I hope he does everything we hope he will do'”


    February 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • Yeah and who did NAMBLA and the CPUSA endorse?


      February 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    • Trump was asked about it, and firmly disavowed. That’s all you can ask for.


      February 27, 2016 at 1:17 am

  9. Uuuuge! Great for Trump. Christie has common sense.
    Tell us about your trip to the museum. I’m dying to go, but haven’t been in years – too much work. Working this Sunday and as far as I can see in the future. Terrible. My life is very beastly, sometimes. So blog about the museum, will you?


    February 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  10. I hope Christie was offered some job in the Trump administration rather than VP. Duncan L. Hunter would be a far better choice.

    Lewis Medlock

    February 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

  11. Awesome move by Trump. The narrative coming out of the debate was that Trump finally got bested. The new narrative is Trump seized an important endorsement.


    February 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    • What makes Chris Christie’s endorsement important? His own presidential campaign did poorly. And he’s unpopular in his home state.


      February 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      • He’s a sitting GOP governor. Until now Trump’s top endorsements were Dennis Rodman and Carl Icahn. This could be the beginning of the GOPe’s acceptance that Trump will be the nominee.


        February 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      • Good point. But despite that it probably is a net plus, if minor.


        February 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  12. Meg Whitman for V.P.


    February 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    • Right! Because Trump needs to prove he’s not SEXIST!

      Classic “white guy” move! Try to prove you’re a Good Guy, a Nice Guy! Buy her flowers, please love me.

      Now clap.


      February 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  13. The endorsement is yuge. But everything Christie does is yuge.


    February 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  14. Here’s a cuck side reaction that manages to be both hysterical and sulking. Rather amusing.

    I spoke with a prominent person in Washington just now—a name you’d recognize—who told me he thinks the Obama administration is behind this, with a threat to Christie that he’d be prosecuted for “Bridgegate” unless he endorsed Trump. Maybe so, but I can also see that Christie maybe sees a chance for him to be on the ticket with Trump: the Fathead and Fatso ticket.


    February 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    • “I spoke with a prominent person in Washington just now—a name you’d recognize”

      Is Glenn Beck off his meds again?


      February 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    • I’m embarrassed for Powerline for actually running that.

      Mike Street Station

      February 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

  15. I never read Red State. Too predictable for me. But someone else on another post was crowing about how messed up they are now, so I went over for a gander, and found this:

    It’s awful. This Trump University thing is very damning. I mean, WTF?


    February 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • I wonder if some far leftists will lay off criticizing Trump university because it’s reminiscent of all of the gimmicky for-profit schools that are overwhelmingly NAM-heavy (like Ashford, Herzing, DeVry, etc.) and who leave their students in huge debt because they’re mainly focused on finding bad students who can get approved for loans. Many of these schools have hired prominent liberals like Maynard Jackson to lobby for them, and they’re very politically connected and donate big $$ to the NAACP and Dem campaigns.

      And undercutting pay schools means discrediting a major source of higher education for NAM’s – I wouldn’t be surprised if the Democratic party starts proposing legislation proposing legal penalties against employers for favoring 4-year University graduates over NAM’s who attend the ECPI’s and Art Institutes of the country.


      February 26, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      • @Camlost,

        You are not making any sense. So what if some 80 IQ Democrat endorsed a for-profit school? This is Trump University – an obvious scam with Trump’s good name written on it, which fleeced average people. I really do not mean to be snarky here, but names and reputations matter a great deal, even in a shit hole bling-based society like ours, OK?

        “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
        ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
        But he that filches from me my good name
        Robs me of that which not enriches him,
        And makes me poor indeed.”

        In Trump’s case, he willingly tarnished his name. It wasn’t even stolen. This is bad. If he’s the best we can do we are in deep shit. All this makes me re-consider Bernie Sanders. The problem I have with him is that with him as President, the BLM movement would go crazy with joy. With President Trump, the alt-right would be in a frenzy. I’m between a rock and a hard place.


        February 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

      • Gothemette, with all due respect what do you know about it? You saw some video of some single woman on a website filled with ideologues who hate hate hate Donald Trump. Do some research.

        Andrew E.

        February 27, 2016 at 11:52 am

    • This Trump University thing is very damning. I mean, WTF?

      It only matters in the primary. And to get through he primary Trump only needs to pound Rubio from the rear.

      When Trump reaches the general election, Hillary can’t use any of it because her felonies dwarf Trump’s.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      • “It only matters in the primary. And to get through he primary Trump only needs to pound Rubio from the rear.”

        I think you misunderstand my point. I’m not saying it will prevent Trump from getting the nomination, or even being elected. I’m saying it gives me pause. It shows him as being a scam artist.


        February 26, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      • I think Trump University is a much more serious problem than Trump’s taxes or conservative heterodoxy or whatever other piddling issue has been thrown against him. It’s easy to understand, it took advantage of the regular people whom Trump argues he’s best equipped to defend, it was kitschy and vulgar, and no one can defend it honestly as a worthy enterprise. (Trump’s bankruptcies can be dismissed as reasonable investments that just didn’t work out, since no one with his number of investments has a perfect batting average.)

        Basically, it’s a validating symbol for every criticism ever made against Trump.


        February 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

      • I agree 100%.

        Although likely that the opposition may not be smart enough to realize that Trump “University” is his only true weakness. And probably not as bad as all of Hillary’s scandals that will be used against her.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

      • @Richard,

        It would be a terrible vulnerability if he ran against Sanders, who has tremendous integrity. Against Hillary, not so much because she’s so putrid. Still I would use it if I were her. The video is devastating.


        February 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

      • Read the surveys of the course given by the students themselves. You’ll probably be surprised. Also, never rely on Red State for anything objective regarding Trump. NEVER.

        Andrew E.

        February 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

      • And to get through he primary Trump only needs to pound Rubio from the rear.

        Isn’t that exactly what Rubio wants?

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

      • @AndrewE-
        That website is a scam on top of a scam. Please.


        February 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      • Isn’t that exactly what Rubio wants?

        As a matter of fact, it is.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

  16. So with Giuliani’s colossally huge endorsement influencing voters from Battery Park to Weehawken, we add the even more impactful nod from Christie that brings a few conservative counties in Central NJ !!!

    Wow, wow, wow


    February 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    • Christie has establishment ties IIRC, party elders tried to get him to run in 2012. He’s a big deal.

      Dave Pinsen

      February 27, 2016 at 12:40 am

  17. Actually, the Christie endorsement isn’t very important in an of itself, but it does help mainstream Trump a bit. It wouldn’t be good if he had the entire Republican establishment arrayed against him.


    February 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  18. Here’s two Democrats who’ve done much to protect the for-profit University industry from cricitism:

    They’ve accepted huge campaign contributions from them, as have many others.

    If Trump gets attacked from the left on this he should bite back that Democrats loooooove NAM-heavy for-profit schools, which leave minorities in gigantic debt for life, with questionable results.


    February 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  19. Christie would make a better Attorney General, IMO. Ann Coulter agrees, and likes Cruz for Solicitor General. She also likes Scott Brown as a VP. I have to think about that last one.

    Also, the Governor of Maine just endorsed Trump too.

    Dave Pinsen

    February 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    • I agree Dave. Scott Brown is a good pick.


      February 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    • I’d like Scott Brown, but as a pro-choice guy he’d be a very problematic selection. Evangelicals who supported Cruz and the other guys would be looking for a reason to bolt, egged on by bitter GOPe pundits and consultants, and a pro-choice VP would hand them a lot of ammo. First rule of VP selection is “Do no harm”.


      February 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

  20. Rubio’s record of accomplishment is substantial enough to withstand a combined 24/7 attack from Trump and Christie.

    Right ?,

    The Undiscovered Jew

    February 26, 2016 at 8:47 pm

  21. The governor of Maine also endorsed Trump – – although he said he did so because it’s time for governors to “come out and pick our poison.”


    February 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    • Trump’s low point on the tracking poll was the day of the SC primary. It’s likely that Trump has recovered from that bad week and will win by much bigger margins on Super Tuesday.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

  22. I find it interesting that there has been so little discussion of the most important thing that was said at the debate. It was said by Trump towards the beginning, yes before the shouting matches began and Trump revealed his scandalous, scandalous!! lack of interest in policy wonkery (Hey! Take your white papers and get out of our way, we’re Making America Great Again damnit!).

    It’s where Trump talked about building a new Republican Party.

    But one thing I’m also going to do, I’m going to be getting — bringing a lot of people in who are Democrats, who are independents, and you’re seeing that with the polls, because if you look at anywhere, look at any of the elections, every single election, it has been record-setting.

    And the good news is, for the Republican Party, the Democrats are getting very poor numbers in terms of bringing them in. We’re getting record-setting numbers. I think I have something to do with that.

    We’re getting record-setting numbers. And I won every one — the three of them that I won, I won with record-setting numbers.

    New people are coming into the Republican Party. We are building a new Republican Party, a lot of new people are coming in. …

    But I’m telling you also, I’m bringing people, Democrats over and I’m bringing independents over, and we’re building a much bigger, much stronger Republican Party.

    Andrew E.

    February 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  23. Quick posting, you must be home. Know any good orthopedic folk in NYC? Olde hockey injury in the wrist keeps coming back…


    February 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    • What a terrible idea. I’d assume they’re joking but you can never tell with libertarians.


      February 27, 2016 at 1:18 am

  24. BTW, Paul LePage, the Governor of Maine and former Christie supporter, also endorsed The Donald
    yesterday, live on the Howie Carr radio show.

    Nedd Ludd

    February 27, 2016 at 8:48 am

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