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Christie Campaign Sells Email List Of Supporters, Donors To Rubio, Report Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is going after supporters of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

CNN reports Christie's suspended presidential campaign sold its email list of supporters and donors to the Rubio campaign.

Christie supporters started to get emails from the Florida senator on Sunday afternoon.

"The results we got last night in South Carolina were amazing. My opponents and the media had written us off, but we showed them," an email from Marco Rubio for president read.

Even though Christie's campaign sold the email list to Rubio, it doesn't mean that the New Jersey governor is endorsing him.

"[I]t is standard practice for other campaigns to buy lists … Anyone can rent/buy the list via the vendor," Samantha Smith, a spokeswoman for Christie's campaign, told NJ Advance Media.

Christie targeted Rubio prior to the New Hampshire primary, saying the senator "simply does not have the experience to be president of the United States."

Meanwhile, establishment heavyweights continued to back Rubio, with many saying they see him as the candidate who can unite a disharmonious Republican Party. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch were the latest to endorse Rubio. South Florida's three Cuban-American members of Congress also said that they shifted their support to Rubio, having previously supported for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's now defunct bid.

Former Sen. Bob Dole told ABC News on Monday that he too had been backing Bush, but he's now supporting Rubio because "he wants to grow the party as opposed to Cruz. I don't know what he wants to grow."

Since Friday, Rubio has added 12 new Congressional or gubernatorial endorsements, while Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have added none.

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