New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is giving a full-throated, if belated, endorsement to the man who beat him to become Donald Trump's running mate.
The Washington Examiner reports
Monday that outside of Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention opens, Christie called on the GOP to unite around Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
"And by the way, we also have an outstanding candidate for vice president," Christie told Michigan delegates in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the Examiner reports. "Mike Pence is a great guy.
"He needs someone with him who has governed, who knows how to govern," Christie added. "We don't need another big mouth from Congress, quite frankly, to go there, who has never been responsible for anything, never been responsible for producing results."
Trump's decision on Friday
reportedly has been a bitter disappointment for Christie, who had been one of the vice presidential front-runners.
It was also the second straight presidential campaign the GOP nominee bypassed Christie; Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan in 2012.
Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican strategist, tells The New York Times
Christie "was such a lapdog and tried so hard, he ended up not just losing badly in the presidential stakes, I think he just looks much weaker than he was before by his rabid pursuit of Trump."
Christie also drew sharp objections from Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
"The Kushners have a tremendous distaste for Christie. They think he was extremely heavy-handed and unfair in his prosecution of their father and this is something they haven't forgotten," a source close to the Trump campaign tells Newsmax.
But on Sunday, Christie said he had "no discontent" over Trump's vice presidential pick, adding he's been friends with Trump for 15 years and this is "just another one of those steps along our friendship and a hard decision for him to make, and he made what he thought was the best decision."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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