NH paper retracts Christie endorsement over Trump

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.

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The New Hampshire Union Leader, which feuded openly with Trump, had endorsed Christie in the nation’s first primary. But in an editorial published Monday night, titled "Christie was our bad choice," publisher Joseph McQuaid said it made a poor decision.

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.

It then went on to slam Christie for his recent endorsement of Trump — something he said he'd never do, the editorial said.

"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."