Christie promised he’d never back Trump: NH publisher

The publisher of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper is accusing Chris Christie of breaking a vow that he would never endorse Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMuslim lawmaker: Muslims for Trump is like chickens for Colonel Sanders Sanders ad calls for 'new direction' for Dem Party Reid: 'Lay off' Sanders criticism MORE.

Joe McQuaid said Friday he is "disappointed" in Christie’s newfound support for the GOP presidential front-runner, according to Politico.

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McQuaid then recounted how the New Jersey governor had promised he would not give Trump his blessing after ending his own White House run earlier this month.

McQuaid said after Christie ended his campaign and rumors started spreading about a possible Trump endorsement, “I sent a message off to Gov. Christie and he called me back and I told him what I’d heard and he said, ‘No, no, I would never do that.'"

“[Christie] told me to tell the other guy to ‘take his head out of his ass’ for saying he would support Trump,” he added of his mutual acquaintance with Christie.

McQuaid added that his publication, The New Hampshire Union Leader, has no intention of transferring its endorsement of Christie to Trump.

“I’m now suspecting him of being involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping,” he quipped of Christie’s loyalties. 

“It’s like Romney says about Trump and taxes. I think there’s something there. Christie hasn’t come clean.”

Christie shocked the political world on Friday by endorsing Trump during a surprise appearance in Texas. His stamp of approval was surprising given Christie had rejected Trump’s bid “for entertainer-in-chief” last month.

The Union Leader endorsed Christie before his bid ended, sparking a public feud between McQuaid and Trump. Trump repeatedly mocked the “dying” publication before winning New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primaries on Feb. 9.

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