Boston Globe backs Kasich, Herald endorses Christie

Story highlights

  • Boston's two largest newspapers on Monday split their endorsements
  • The Boston Globe endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich
  • The Boston Herald endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Manchester, NH (CNN)Boston's two largest newspapers on Monday split their endorsements between a pair of Republicans running in the establishment lane of the 2016 contest: Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Boston Globe announced its support for Kasich and the more conservative Boston Herald threw its support behind Christie. Both papers have large audiences in southern New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state where Kasich and Christie are hoping for strong performances to buoy their candidacies.
The Globe editorial board wrote, "By voting for Kasich, New Hampshire can reward a candidate whose politics have been largely positive -- and rebuke those candidates who have spent their campaign appealing to voters' fears and biases."
    At a stop in Manchester earlier in the day, Kasich promised that he would not go negative as the race heated up in New Hampshire.
    The Herald wrote Monday that it was endorsing Christie because of his tough attitude, but knocked the divisive tone of other candidates without naming them.
    "There is just something about that Jersey guy attitude -- feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful -- that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose," the Herald wrote Monday.
    The New Hampshire primary will be held on February 9. Both Christie and Kasich skipped Iowa at the start of the week to focus on the state, criss-crossing the Granite State on Monday.
    Both men have already racked up a handful of newspaper endorsements, with Christie touting the support of the New Hampshire Union-Leader and Kasich winning the backing of the Nashua Telegraph.