New Jersey governor Chris Christie has reason to be cheerful having been successful with the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader. It has been a notable achievement along with his performance at the GOP debate which went well for him. Christie was well commended by the Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid as being the right person for the present dangerous times and recognized as having dealt with terrorists admirably. As much as his conduct, he has been appreciated more for his speaking directly and bluntly.
In the past 5 decades, Union Leader has endorsed only four New Hampshire primary winners. In 1968 it was Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan in 1980, Pat Buchanan in 1996 and John McCain in 2008. Among these nominees only Nixon, Reagan and McCain made it to win the Republican nomination and among them only Nixon and Reagan won their quest for presidency. This goes to say that the Union Leader has not made a president in the past 35 years. Union Leader’s choice has faded away, in the year 2000 Steve Forbes came second to George W. Bush in Iowa and stood a third in New Hampshire. He withdrew in a few days. In 2012 even Gingrich could not make it very far.
Christie is being appreciated for his bluntness and his unusual stops in towns for campaigning could help build support. But then there is the question of how effective newspaper endorsements can be in a world where social media and 24/7 news works faster and more effectively in reaching out to people. Christie’s experience as U.S. attorney worked to his advantage during the Paris attacks, over rivals former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and present Ohio Gov. John Kasich.