TRENTON, N.J., March 2, 2016– Several major New Jersey newspapers are calling for Gov. Chris Christie to resign following his decision to endorse Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. The newspapers include the Asbury Park Press, Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Morristown Daily Record.
The papers highlight that Christie spent more than 261 days out of state last year, and that he was again on the road endorsing Trump. New Hampshire’s Union Leader had previously backed Christie, saying he was “the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs.” The Union Leader later retracted its endorsement of Christie, saying, “Boy were we wrong,” and attacking Christie on his support for Trump.
The newspapers said they are fed up with Christie’s arrogance, his opportunism and his hypocrisy. The editorials call for Christie to resign, and call on New Jersey residents to force him out if he refuses. Christie’s term runs out in 2017, but the newspapers want him booted from his office immediately.
During an interview Monday with a New Jersey radio station, Christie said he was not attempting to earn a spot in a Trump administration by endorsing the real estate mogul. Christie acknowledged his own influence, saying he’s the “highest level endorser that Donald Trump has had.”
“I am the person with the most experience in government that is in his circle,” Christie said, “and so as a result, that gives me some credibility to make recommendations and suggestions over time where appropriate and for him to consider.”