NJ Gov. Christie backs Romney for president

Republican candidate for New Jersey governor, former federal prosecutor Christopher Christie, right, and former GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney react to a question Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Haddonfield, N.J. Romney endorsed Christie who is competing for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's primary against Steve Lonegan and Rick Merkt. The winner will face Gov. Jon S. Corzine, the incumbent Democrat. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

October 11, 2011 12:39:17 PM PDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, saying he has the perfect mix of private sector and executive experience in government.

Romney called Christie a "hero" because of his record of cutting government spending as governor of New Jersey. Christie praised Romney as "the man we need to lead America."

Christie decided last week not to run for president, and his endorsement helps Romney solidify his support among establishment Republicans in his bid for the GOP nomination.

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