Trump wins Christie endorsement, robbing Rubio of momentum


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of GOP front-runner Donald Trump delivers a powerful boost to the billionaire businessman, whom Christie calls the best Republican candidate to lead the country and beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The endorsement Friday is the first for Trump from a sitting governor and a former rival. It comes at a particularly opportune time for the real estate mogul, who on Thursday night faced a barrage of new attacks from rival Marco Rubio during the final debate ahead of Super Tuesday contests.

Rubio hit at Trump’s business record, history of hiring foreign workers and his vague policy positions. The broadsides clearly irritated Trump and threatened to provide Rubio with a jolt of new momentum as he seeks to turn the contest into a two-man race.

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