Christie backs Romney for president

Updated

Today, Chris Christie formally endorsed Willard M. Romney for the Republican presidential nomination during a press conference.

The New Jersey governor, who bowed out of his own bid 2012 for the White House to the dismay of many in the GOP establishment, said it was an “easy decision” to make his pick. Christie said the former Massachusetts governor boasts the right mix of experience in the private sector and government to lead the country.

Christie showered him with praise saying, “I’m here in New Hampshire today for one simple reason: America cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney’s the man we need to lead America, and we need him now.”

The bromance is mutual. Romney called Christie a “hero” for his tough talk politics and big government spending cuts in the Garden State. Romney said of Christie, “He is a man who has a following of a lot of folks across this country, and so when he indicated a willingness to join my team, I could not have been more pleased and more happy.”

A new NBC News /Marist poll shows Romney leading the GOP field in two early primary states — but the numbers vary drastically; While Romney’s ahead by 30-points in New Hampshire, he’s only inching by former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain by three percent points in Iowa, most likely due to his lack of support among the tea party.

Republican candidates square off in another high-stakes presidential debate tonight.

Chris Christie, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney

Christie backs Romney for president

Updated