NJ governor pledges to vote Romney despite praising Obama

NEW YORK Sun Nov 4, 2012 6:40pm EST

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended his praise for President Barack Obama after superstorm Sandy, but said he would stick with his fellow Republicans and vote for Mitt Romney in Tuesday's election.

"I endorsed Mitt Romney 13 months ago because I thought he was the best guy for the job," Christie said on Sunday during a news conference, reaffirming his support for the Republican candidate.

But support for Romney does not mean that he cannot appreciate the "good job" that Obama did while responding to the historical storm that hit the U.S. Northeast last week, Christie said. Sandy knocked out power to some 2.4 million New Jersey residents.

Christie, a popular governor widely seen as a possible Republican presidential contender in 2016, had frustrated some in the Romney campaign who feared he had given what could be a critical boost to Obama, a Democrat.

"If the president of United States comes here, and he's willing to help my people, and he does it, then I'm gonna say nice things about him because he's earned it," Christie told Israel's Channel 2 television on Sunday, referring to Obama's pledge of federal aid to help New Jersey recover from the storm.

Not all Republicans criticized the move.

"Christie would have been a fool to poke his finger in Obama's eye" considering the federal government would have a big say in rebuilding efforts, former Mississippi Governor and Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour said on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley."

"You know, your network criticized me after Katrina for not criticizing Bush, for not saying Bush and him are doing a bad job. Look, A - they did more right than wrong, but, B - when they're going to be your partner for years, you know, you praise in public and criticize in private," said Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Dhanya Skariachan and Andrew Longstreth; Editing by Stephen Powell and Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (11)
alienzed wrote:
Finally, somebody with a backbone in the republican party…

Nov 04, 2012 3:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:
Romney can’t be trusted, as Republican leaders, media and experts agree!

Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican and Sec. of State under President George W. Bush:
“I’m not quite sure which governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.”

Politifact: 42 percent of Romney’s comments in recent months have been false, much higher than Obama’s comments.

Salt Lake City Tribune, largest daily paper in Republican and Mormon-led Utah: “Romney (is) willing to say anything to get elected.”

Rick Santorum, former Republican Senator: “This is someone (Romney) who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years. “

FactCheck.org: “Romney distorts facts on Jeep, auto bailout.”

Brit Humes of Fox News: “Republicans do not trust Romney”

Nov 04, 2012 4:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
speaker12 wrote:
Well, at least Christie has common sense. Obama is the worst of the worst and another four years of him will be the end of America as we know it.

Nov 04, 2012 7:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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