It's endorsement season in New Jersey, as the two major gubernatorial candidates racked up a couple of significant endorsements this week.
First, the gov was endorsed by the Latino Leadership Alliance, which in 2009 endorsed his opponent, Jon Corzine. The group doesn't represent the totality of the Latino activist community -- another group, the Latino Action Network, has opposed him, and a third group calls his policies "anti-Latino" -- but it could help Christie pull a few more Latino voters into his column. Perhaps more importantly for Christie, Latino support could help him in a 2016 Republican primary as the GOP tries to widen its tent to Hispanic voters who overwhelmingly went for President Obama last year.
“We cannot expect to get support from the Latino community if we don’t make the Latino community feel welcome and important in our party,” Christie said in accepting the endorsement.
One way of making the community feel welcome, while also helping yourself politically? Appointing the head of the Latino Leadership Alliance, Martin Perez, to the Rutgers board of governors, which Christie did last year.