Gov. Baker ‘Surprised’ By Christie’s Endorsement Of Trump

Gov. Charlie Baker -- who had endorsed Chris Christie for president --  says he's surprised Christie has now backed Donald Trump. Here, Baker appears with his fellow governor on Feb. 6 in Bedford, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Gov. Charlie Baker -- who had endorsed Chris Christie for president -- says he's surprised Christie has now backed Donald Trump. Here, Baker appears with his fellow governor on Feb. 6 in Bedford, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement Friday of Donald Trump for president has put Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in a somewhat awkward spot.

It was just three weeks ago that Baker endorsed Christie’s own presidential bid. Less than a week later, Christie was out of the race, and his fellow Republican governor Baker has since remained noncommittal, other than to say he has strong doubts about the ability of Trump and conservative candidate Ted Cruz to work with whom they disagree.

Speaking to reporters Friday in the State House, Baker said he’s not disappointed with Christie’s endorsement of Trump, but “surprised.”

“Why am I surprised? I guess because I figured Governor Christie would probably not participate in the campaign at this point,” he said. “But, you know, it’s up to him to make his own decision about that sort of thing.”

Baker said he still hasn’t decided who he will vote for on Tuesday for the Massachusetts primary, but he reiterated he doesn’t anticipate voting for Trump.

A new WBUR poll, out Thursday night, found Trump is well ahead of other GOP candidates in Massachusetts, taking 40 percent of support.

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