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Meg Whitman blasts Chris Christie for Trump endorsement

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is seen during the HP Discover 2013 conference in Las Vegas.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is seen during the HP Discover 2013 conference in Las Vegas. BLOOMBERG NEWS

Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive who helped Chris Christie raise money for his failed presidential campaign, blasted the New Jersey governor on Sunday for his endorsement of Donald Trump, calling it “an astonishing display of political opportunism.”

Whitman, Christie’s national finance co-chair, called Trump “a dishonest demagogue” and said Christie can no longer count on her political support. She urged Christie’s donors and supporters to “reject the governor and Donald Trump outright.”

Whitman ran unsuccessfully for governor of California in 2010.

“Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump is an astonishing display of political opportunism,” she said in a prepared statement. “Donald Trump is unfit to be president. He is a dishonest demagogue who plays to our worst fears. Trump would take America on a dangerous journey. Christie knows all that and indicated as much many times publicly.”

Whitman said, “For some of us, principle and country still matter.”

Whitman’s split with Christie is in line with her longtime allegiance to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, for whom she worked in the 1980s at the Bain and Co. consulting firm. Romney has blasted Trump in recent days, suggesting that Trump’s income tax returns would reveal a bombshell.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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