New Hampshire’s leading newspaper is retracting its endorsement of Chris Christie for president after the New Jersey governor endorsed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRNC strategizes against Clinton VP contenders Analysis: Trump, Clinton plans not in line with balancing national debt Trump blows response to Brexit vote MORE last week.
In its endorsement, the paper said Christie had conservative values and could defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders press secretary leaves campaign RNC strategizes against Clinton VP contenders Analysis: Trump, Clinton plans not in line with balancing national debt 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."