Christie Endorses Trump Calls him the 'best person' to beat Clinton By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 26, 2016 12:09 PM CST Updated Feb 26, 2016 12:39 PM CST 197 comments Comments Donald Trump and Chris Christie talk during a commercial break during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (Newser) – A big get for Donald Trump: Chris Christie endorsed him Friday in a surprise announcement, CNN reports. "The best person to beat Hillary Clinton on that stage last night is undoubtedly Donald Trump," Christie said during a press conference with Trump in Texas. Trump's response: "Generally speaking I'm not big on endorsements," but "this was an endorsement that really meant a lot." Both men noted their longstanding friendship, with Trump saying Christie had been a friend for "many years" and Christie saying their friendship goes back a decade, the New York Times reports. Both Christie and Trump derided Marco Rubio during the appearance, with Christie saying the senator is not qualified for the presidency and Trump mocking him for wearing "a pile of makeup" during Thursday night's debate: "I saw him backstage and he was putting it on with a trowel," he said. "I said Marco, easy with the makeup, you don’t need that much." So, is this all about Christie aiming for a spot in a hypothetical Trump administration? Asked about what position he'd like, Christie said that after he finishes his gubernatorial term in New Jersey he plans to "go into private life and make money like Trump."