Hours after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally endorsed Donald Trump for president, the GOP frontrunner secured the endorsement of Maine Governor Paul LePage.
Maine’s Paul LePage became the second governor to endorse Donald Trump on Friday.
LePage’s support comes hours after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared alongside Trump at a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, announcing his endorsement of his former presidential campaign rival.
“I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular. So I think I should support him because we’re one of the same cloth,” the governor said on the “Howie Carr Show.”
Like Trump, LePage is a businessman whose viability was questioned by pundits. “Everybody’s saying this guy’s a dead governor walking,” he recalled of his reelection bid, “and we set a record for the most votes in the history of the state of Maine for a governor.”
Trump has also brought out a record number of voters, bolstering the billionaire to consecutive first-place finishes by double-digit margins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
LePage called Trump’s primary rivals, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, part of the problem and accused them of “killing the brand” of the Republican Party with their blitz on Trump during the debate Thursday night.
“I think there’s a mini-revolution going on in our country,” LePage said. “We’re saying enough is enough with the gridlock. Washington is broken. And the reason I am coming out is two of the people that are chasing him are two of the people that create the gridlock. They’re in the Senate. The Senate is the problem.”
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