New Hampshire’s leading newspaper is retracting its endorsement of Chris Christie for president after the New Jersey governor endorsed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe looming energy battle between Elon Musk and Donald Trump Driverless car industry embraces Trump’s Transportation pick Putin: Trump's business success suggests he's a 'clever man' MORE last week.
In its endorsement, the paper said Christie had conservative values and could defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonThe looming energy battle between Elon Musk and Donald Trump Baldwin offers to stop 'SNL' impersonation if Trump releases taxes Rendell calls recount 'a waste of time' MORE.
"Boy, were we wrong,” Monday’s editorial begins.
The Union Leader says despite the governor's "baggage," the paper thought he had the skills and experience necessary to win the general election and the best chance to take down Trump.
"Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend — and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency — demonstrated how wrong we were," the editorial said.
"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."