In a joint editorial published on Tuesday, six New Jersey newspapers called on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to resign, citing his decision to endorse Donald Trump after dropping out of the presidential race.
“We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president,” the editorial from six Gannett-owned papers reads.
“And we’re fed up with his continuing travel out of state on New Jersey’s dime, stumping for Trump, after finally abandoning his own presidential campaign,” the papers continued in the editorial. “For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”
The New Hampshire Union Leader was also dismayed by Christie’s endorsement of Trump. The paper initially endorsed Christie in the Republican presidential race, but publisher Joseph McQuaid wrote in a Monday editorial that the paper was wrong to back the New Jersey governor.
“Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend—and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency—demonstrated how wrong we were,” McQuaid wrote. “Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee. In doing so, he rejected the very principles of his campaign that attracted our support.”