CONCORD, N.H. New Hampshire's senior senator is backing Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Sen. Judd Gregg joined Romney at a rally on Monday in Concord and walked with him to the Statehouse, where the former Massachusetts governor submitted paperwork to get his name on the presidential primary ballot.
"Mitt Romney embodies New Hampshire's values values that stress government living within its means, lower taxes, a stronger military and stronger families," Gregg said in a statement released by the Romney campaign. "Governor Romney is the strong leader we need to lead America forward."
The endorsement is hardly a surprise. Concord lawyer Tom Rath, one of Gregg's principal political advisers, is a fixture in the Romney campaign; several of Gregg's aides are on loan to the Romney campaign.
"He's a remarkable senator, and his leadership in New Hampshire, as a fiscal conservative, underscores the fact that I'm a guy that wants to hold down spending and hold down taxes," Romney said of Gregg during an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, scheduled to air Monday night.
Gregg, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, is a former New Hampshire governor who won his first Senate term in 1992.
John Sununu, the state's other Republican senator, has said he doesn't plan to endorse during the primary.