Six New Jersey newspapers owned by newspaper conglomerate Gannett are calling on Chris Christie to step down as governor because of his endorsement of Donald Trump in a joint editorial released before polls closed on Super Tuesday.
The joint editorial notes that Christie spent part of 261 days out of state last year and traveled out of state to endorse Trump and campaign with him after he quit the race Feb. 10.
“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 editorial said.
The six newspapers including the Asbury Park Press, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Morristown Daily Record.
All Gannett-owned papers that are part of the USA TODAY NETWORK were apparently spurred to editorial outrage by a Monday press conference in which Christie refused to answer questions about anything other than his nomination of a state Supreme Court judge.
Asked why, Christie replied,
“Because I don’t want to.”
“We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance,”
the papers wrote.
“We’re fed up with his opportunism.
We’re fed up with his hypocrisy.”
The papers say Christie must
“do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor,”
calling for a recall effort if he declines.
Christie ended his presidential bid Feb 10 after a sixth-place finish in New Hampshire; the governor endorsed Trump last week.