New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president

FILE - In this June 19, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. Christie's supporters appear resigned to the fact that his expected 2016 presidential campaign will be very different from the one they envisioned two years ago, before he dropped to the back of crowded pack. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president.

The New Jersey Governor ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this month.

Christie says at a news conference in Fort Worth, Texas, that Trump “will do what needs to be done to protect the American people.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is slamming Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as he endorses Donald Trump for president.

Christie says, “We don’t need any more of these Washington, D.C., acts.”

Christie memorably attacked the freshman senator at the final Republican debate before the New Hampshire primary, tripping up Rubio in a moment that likely contributed to his poor performance in the state’s primary. Christie accused him of parroting the same talking points repeatedly and said a president should be able to think on his feet.

The endorsement from Christie comes the day after Rubio changed tactics in Thursday’s GOP debate and began to attack Trump on a variety of fronts, from his business background to his preparedness to lead the nation. Rubio continued on Friday morning, calling Trump “a con artist” during a round of morning television interviews.

Trump says Rubio is a “desperate guy” and said, “I don’t think he’s of presidential caliber.”

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