In trying to recruit Chris Christie to his side, Marco RubioMarco RubioRNC official defends Susana Martinez after Trump criticism GOP Senate hopeful wants to go beyond Trump's Muslim ban Trump clinches GOP nomination MORE offended the New Jersey governor shortly before he ended up endorsing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down Clinton fundraises on news that Trump has clinched nomination WATCH LIVE: Trump holds news conference after clinching GOP nomination MORE, according to a New York Times report Saturday.
Rubio offended Christie during call seeking endorsement: report
Rubio reportedly left a message for Christie shortly after the governor ended his presidential campaign earlier this month, asking for his support and lauding his bright future in politics.
Christie, 53, found it patronizing that a 44-year-old one-term senator saw fit to say such a thing, according to the Times. The two have apparently not spoken since.
Trump "made frequent calls to" Christie after he dropped out, the Times reported, and the two men met up at Trump Tower on Thursday.
Christie then endorsed Trump during a campaign event in Texas on Friday.
The reports contradict Trump's claim Saturday morning that Christie initiated their conversations.
“Everybody wanted Chris,” Trump said on Fox News. “Chris called up out of the blue and said, ‘You’re the one that’s going to win.’ ”
Christie and Rubio clashed frequently during the presidential campaign. Christie frequently hammered Rubio as a mere legislator who doesn't have executive experience.
During a debate in early February, Christie seized on repetitive statements by Rubio to paint him as an over-scripted empty suit.