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NH Paper on Christie Nod: 'Boy Were We Wrong'

Posted at 3:24 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 10:37:33-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - The New Hampshire newspaper that gave Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey one of his biggest boosts ahead of the state's primary now says it made a grave mistake.

New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph McQuaid says in an editorial, "Boy, were we wrong."

The editorial published online Monday night comes after Christie, who ended his bid after a disappointing finish in the state, threw his support behind Donald Trump, shocking many in the political word.

McQuaid says the paper offered its Christie endorsement "despite his baggage," because of his experience as a Republican governor in a Democratic state and thinking he had the best chance of taking on Trump.

He adds, "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."