The man whom Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) endorsed for the Republican presidential nomination said on Friday that he is now backing Donald Trump’s bid for the White House.
Will Hogan follow the lead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a close friend and fellow blue-state Republican governor?
Hogan told The Baltimore Sun during a tour of Southern Maryland Friday afternoon that his endorsement of Christie “doesn’t translate” into a Trump endorsement.
“I have a special relationship with Governor Christie because he helped me so much in my race,” Hogan said. “I felt like helping him when he was in the race, but at this point, I not only haven’t endorsed anybody, I haven’t decided who I am going to support.”
Hogan said he missed a couple of calls from Christie on Friday morning before the New Jersey governor’s endorsement announcement.
In the second voicemail, Christie mentioned that he wanted to talk about Trump and “the sooner you talk to me, the better.”
Hogan endorsed Christie’s candidacy for president last year. He stumped for the New Jersey governor in New Hampshire but Christie dropped out of the Republican race earlier this month.
Hogan credits Christie for propelling him to victory in his underdog bid for governor. Over the last couple of years, the two have formed a close bond.
Christie has offered Hogan advice over the past year. He called him when riots erupted in Baltimore and checked on him when Hogan underwent treatment for cancer.
Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, said part of Hogan’s endorsement of Christie was based on their friendship. “He has never even met Donald Trump,” Mayer said.