Chris Christie, who once said that “Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” showed up at a Fort Worth, Texas rally on Friday to endorse him.

“Donald and I, along with Melania and Mary Pat, have been friends for over a decade..we have had a lot of wonderful times together,” Christie said in his speech. “Donald Trump is someone who, when he makes a promise, he keeps it.”

“The one person that Hillary and Bill Clinton do not want to see on that stage is Donald Trump,” Christie continued, later berating a reporter in typical fashion for daring to bring up the Trump University scam, which Rubio mentioned in last night’s Republican debate.

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“I’m a former federal prosecutor,” Christie said in response, beginning to raise his voice. To try to compare “a civil lawsuit” to Clinton’s server is “a complete misunderstanding, a complete misunderstanding—excuse me, you’re setting up a question, you’re trying to—no no no, let me finish,” he boomed.

Through his remarks, Christie repeatedly delivered tepid, breathtakingly transparent sentences like “You need a strong, tough leader to restore America’s greatness.” (When he was still in the race, Christie notably failed to go after Trump, leaving pundits scratching their heads. “Nobody wants to be a suicide bomber,” a Christie advisor told Yahoo! Politics on Wednesday.)

Trump, for his part, made several references to Senator Rubio’s personal hygiene and very few to his own presidential qualifications.

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“He looked like he just came out of a swimming pool, he was a mess,” Trump said of Rubio. Later: “I have never seen a human being sweat like this man sweats.”

Another proud day on the Trump campaign trail and for Chris Christie’s dignity.


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