The nod from the New Jersey governor should help the Republican front-runner solidify his position
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney his endorsement in the race for GOP nomination, a major coup for Romney that could help him solidify his front-runner status and build an aura of inevitability around his campaign.
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Christie is expected to be the "special guest" who will endorse Romney at a campaign appearance at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Lebanon, N.H.
Christie, a rising star in the Republican Party, was wooed by both conservatives and mainstream Republicans to get into the presidential contest himself. But he announced on Oct. 4 he would not run, citing his commitment to New Jersey as a first-term governor. Since then, Christie's blessing has been sought after as one of the biggest plum endorsements of the primary race.
A new NBC News-Marist polls out early Tuesday show Mitt Romney leading the field in both Iowa and New Hampshire, with his lead in the Granite State is considerably more significant.