Christie picks up 2016 endorsement from Maryland governor

In this June 30, 2015 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waves to supporters during an event where he announced he would seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. Christie’s presidential campaign is spending nearly half a million dollars airing its first television ad in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. The ad that starts airing Friday features highlights from Christie’s announcement speech in his old high school gym last week. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Chris Christie has picked up the presidential endorsement of Maryland’s governor.

Republican Larry Hogan says Christie tells it like it is and most politicians don’t — and that the New Jersey governor can work with Democrats and independents.

Hogan made the endorsement Wednesday during a stop at a diner near the Maryland Capitol in Annapolis.

It’s a bit of political payback.

Christie was a strong supporter of Hogan’s underdog campaign for governor last year in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Christie led the Republican Governors Association and made several campaign appearances in Maryland for Hogan. The association 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.