Christie helped Trump with debate prep
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Chris Christie is taking on a bigger role behind the scenes of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's presidential campaign, helping the GOP front-runner with his debate prep.

The New Jersey governor coached Trump prior to the last Republican debate, held March 10 in Miami, NJ.com reported Friday.

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Christie took time out from a trip to Florida for his 30th wedding anniversary to help Trump at the businessman's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on the eve of the debate, an unidentified source told the news outlet.

Christie's help followed an unruly debate earlier this month in Detroit during which Trump made a suggestive comment about his genitals in response to a barb from then-rival Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE, who had mocked the size of Trump's hands.

The debate in Miami was the most civil of the 12 GOP bouts this cycle, with candidates mostly avoiding personal attacks. Rubio dropped out of the race shortly after, following a loss in Florida's primary.

Trump later decided not to attend a subsequent debate with Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE and John Kasich, his remaining GOP competitors, and it was canceled.

Christie caught flak last month after endorsing Trump following his own exit from the GOP race. Critics called the governor's endorsement politically motivated.

He appeared behind Trump at a news conference March 1 and told reporters later that week in New Jersey that he was going away for his anniversary.

NJ.com noted that during a news conference March 8, Trump asked whether Christie was in the room, but Christie didn't appear and later balked when asked about staying at a Trump facility.