TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has wasted no time endorsing longtime friend Joe Kyrillos (KIR'-ill-ohs) for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey.Comment on this story
Christie made it official while campaigning with the GOP state senator in Union County this week. The governor says New Jersey "would be extraordinarily well-served" if residents were represented by Kyrillos in Washington.
The 51-year-old is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez in November. Menendez is better known and better financed, having amassed nearly $7 million for the race.
Kyrillos, who kicked off his campaign Feb. 1, hasn't submitted a campaign finance report.
The veteran New Jersey lawmaker and former state GOP chairman has been Christie's closest Republican ally in the Legislature. And Christie and his wife were match-makers for Kyrillos and his wife, Susan.