Chris Christie has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. One word: Huge! And I’m not referring to Christie.
Look, he’s the guy coveted by both Romney and Perry. The Tea Party, for the most part, likes Christie a lot so this gives Romney SOME cover when it comes to that important voting block. But it also starts the drumbeat of how the mainstream establishment folks are starting to now get in line behind Romney.
Having said all that, let me take a quick moment to look at the calendar. It’s October! It’s not January, and the last time I checked voting doesn’t begin for a couple months.
Plus, with all due respect to Chris Christie, most voters don’t base their vote on the endorsement of someone else (Sarah Palin may be an exception).
One other note: Romney has always looked good on paper (and his hair is good looking, too). And so this Christie endorsement once again makes him look formidable on paper.
But Romney now needs to close the deal with voters and that has always been a much harder challenge.