Christie says reports he snubbed Romney rally are false, blames 'know-nothing, disgruntled' staffers
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
By Matthew Arco | November 6th, 2012 - 1:07pm
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WESTWOOD – Gov. Chris Christie called reports that he snubbed the presidential hopeful Mitt Romney by not showing up to a rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend “completely untrue.”

The governor slammed down reports by the Huffington Post that he declined to attend a rally for Romney just over the New Jersey border in Pennsylvania. Christie blamed disgruntled staffers for spreading the false report.

The governor said he spoke with Romney directly prior to Hurricane Sandy hitting the Jersey Shore and advised the Republican presidential hopeful that he would be off the campaign trail if weather turned severe.

“All this other noise is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States,” Christie said during a news briefing at a Westwood elementary school.

"I told Gov. Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented," he said. "I said to him, 'Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it's going to, I'm off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.' And he said to me, 'Chris, of course. Do your job, don't worry about me. I'll take care of things.'"

Christie said Romney completely understood that he would be too concerned with the recovery effort in New Jersey to worry about traveling out of the state for any candidate’s campaign.

“He’s been governor,” Christie says. “He knows.”

Christie predicted Romney will clinch the presidential race later tonight.

“I am confident that he’s going to be elected president of the United States tonight,” Christie said.

Earlier story:

Christie insiders say the gov. didn't snub Romney in Pa., he wasn't invited

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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