Christie backs Brown

Gov. Chris Christie is set to endorse U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts in his re-election bid.

Christie is headlining a fundraiser for Brown Monday at the Westin Copley in Boston.

“Scott Brown and I share a commitment to taking on today’s most difficult challenges by reforming government, balancing budgets and making tough choices,” Christie said in a statement released by the Brown campaign. “He is battling to bring the same kind of fiscal discipline to Washington that I am fighting for in New Jersey.  Scott cuts through the baloney and calls the issues like he sees them, and I am proud to endorse his campaign.”

Brown had similar glowing accolades for Christie.

“I appreciate Governor Christie’s leadership on fiscal issues,” said Brown. “Governor Christie is one of the nation’s leading champions of balanced budgets and government reform. I believe we need that same kind of fiscal discipline in Washington, which is why I am fighting to pass a balanced budget amendment.”

Brown of course is the Republican who won a special election two years ago to fill the seat left vacant with the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, in the process becoming the first Massachusetts Republican elected to serve in the Senate in 40 years.

Christie backs Brown