Hogan endorses Christie for president during Maryland campaign stop

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has officially endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president.

Christie and Hogan campaign met Wednesday at an event at the Double T Diner near Maryland's capitol in Annapolis.

"I happen to believe he is exactly the leader we need. I think that he should be the next president and I think he will be the next president," Hogan said at the event.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to help make that happen. We're going to work hard for him here in Maryland and anyplace else that he needs help. We'll go anywhere and do anything," he continued.

Christie was a strong supporter of Gov. Larry Hogan's underdog campaign last year in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Hogan credited Christie with helping him to win the election.

Christie, who then chaired the Republican Governors Association, made several campaign stops in Maryland for Hogan. The RGA spent $1.2 million in the final weeks of the campaign on Hogan's behalf.

Christie has been wearing a "Hogan Strong" bracelet since the Maryland governor's cancer diagnosis was announced last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.