New Hampshire’s leading newspaper is retracting its endorsement of Chris Christie for president after the New Jersey governor endorsed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE last week.
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 Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble 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."