Giuliani endorses Christie for Governor

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani today endorsed Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor. Giuliani came to Hoboken this afternoon to announce his support for his fellow former U.S. Attorney.

“Chris is a decisive leader who knows how to make the tough decisions. He will make New Jersey prosperous by cutting taxes, eliminating wasteful spending and bringing jobs back to the state,” said Giuliani, who served as Mayor from 1994 to 2002. “And Chris Christie has a plan to revitalize New Jersey’s cities by bringing new jobs here, challenging failing school districts and making the streets safer. Chris is a bold leader who will bring real change to New Jersey.”

Last week, Christie won the support of the New Jersey GOP’s leading elder statesman, former Gov. Thomas Kean. The former federal prosecutor and Morris County Freeholder has announced endorsements from nearly 600 Republican party leaders and elected officials since entering the race on February 4. A Quinnipiac University poll released the day Christie announced showed him with a 44%-38% lead over the Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine.

“I am humbled to have the support of Mayor Giuliani, whose strong leadership made New York City a better place and positively affected the lives of so many New Jerseyans,” said Christie. “In these trying times, I will be the leader our state needs to make the tough decisions necessary to get New Jersey back on track.”

Christie faces five challengers in the June GOP gubernatorial primary: former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham), Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine, South Brunswick inventor David Brown, and Newark businessman Dennis Knight. James Murray, a 72-year-old Morris County Freeholder, is also mulling a bid for Governor.

The February 4 Quinnipiac poll has Christie leading Lonegan 44%-17% among Republican voters, with Levine at 5% and Merkt at 2%.