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NH Troopers back Rudy

From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
CONCORD, N.H. -- Giuliani picked up the endorsement of the New Hampshire Troopers Association Saturday, marking the first time the law enforcement group has backed a candidate. Giuliani used the occasion to praise troopers and other law enforcement that assisted in Friday's hostage situation at the Clinton Rochester, N.H., campaign office.

"They really, I think, showed us an example of when you have to deal with crises, how to do it," Giuliani said, before reiterating his support for law enforcement and their new role as "first preventers" in the age of terrorism.

Lewis Copponi, the association's president, said backing Giuliani was an easy decision. "His record in New York is unparalleled among the other candidates," he said. "His support of law enforcement is long known."

Giuliani was presented with a trooper fleece vest and hat, and he put on the vest. He teased reporters, who wanted him to try on the hat, but seemed to know it would be on the front page of the next day's New York tabloids and demurred.