Fed up with Governor Chris Christie, ranking Republican Senator Mike Doherty of Warren County will today formally endorse millionaire businessman Donald Trump for president, a source told PolitickerNJ.
Doherty has been a longtime critic of Christie, his fellow New Jersey Republican running in the GOP Primary against Trump. Earlier this year, following the New Jersey governor’s State of the State Adress, Doherty called Christie “a failed governor.” The animus began in the lead-up to the 2012 U.S. Senate race when Doherty – who was flirting with a run against incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Menendez – decided to support Christie ally state Senator Joe Kyrillos, who would go on to lose to Menendez in the general election.
Doherty was convinced at the time that Christie would back the movement conservative senator’s fair school funding formula plan, but was disappointed in what he saw as the governor’s subsequent failure to follow through with the plan. For his part, Kyrillos, it should be noted, himself did not back his old ally Christie for president, and instead supports former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
A retired Army captain and patent attorney by trade, Doherty of Oxford ran against the Republican establishment to win his senate seat in 2009. He twice supported U.S. Rep. Ron Paul for president – in 2008 and again in 2012 – and earlier this year appeared to contemplate support for Wisconsin Governor Scott walker, who has since exited the presidential race.
According to a New York Times report on the poll, “The rest of the Republican field remains muddled in the latest Fox poll, with Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. Rubio and Mr. Bush stuck at 10 percent, 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Mrs. Fiorina, who was boosted after a strong debate performance last month, has fallen back to 5 percent.
“The poll could spell trouble for candidates who are fighting for placement in the Republican debate later this month. Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Gov. John Kasich are hovering at 1 percent, and Senator Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum failed to register at all.”
Editor’s Note: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, publisher of Observer Media, which owns PolitickerNJ.