Nikki Haley baffled by Christie endorsement
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Sunday blasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for his surprising endorsement of GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE just before Super Tuesday.

“Chris is a dear friend, but none of us understand why he did this,” Haley told host George Stephanopoulos Sunday on ABC's "This Week." 

Haley, who has endorsed Trump’s GOP rival Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (R-Fla.), is seen as a powerful figure in the Republican Party.

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Christie’s unexpected endorsement of Trump, just days before Super Tuesday, added a disruptive element to the already unpredictable 2016 contest. 

When asked about the idea of Trump securing the nomination, Haley said, “It’s scary.”

“I think what he’ll do to the Republican Party is make us question who we are and what we’re about,” she said.