Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney got a big boost on Tuesday with an endorsement from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a move that may create an aura of inevitability around his candidacy.

Christie, who announced last week that he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2012, took less than a week to decide to join Romney’s team.

He promised to be an active campaigner for Romney. While saying he has “every expectation” of serving out his term in New Jersey, which runs until the end of 2013, Christie did not rule out becoming Romney’s vice presidential nominee.

“America cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama. And Mitt Romney is the guy we need and we need him now,” Christie said at an appearance with Romney as Republican candidates gathered in New Hampshire for an evening debate.

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