Spotlight: Chris Christie Disagrees With Mitt Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment
Chris Christie Disagrees With Mitt Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that he agreed that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s recent comment on a conference call with donors that President Barack Obama won reelection because of “gifts” to minority and young voters was wrong.
Christie was asked if he concurred with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who called Romney’s remark “wrong.”
“Yeah, sure,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and then pivoted to discuss his fellow Republican governors.
Pressed on the remark, he said, “You can’t expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive. You have to talk about themes, policies that unite people, and play to their aspirations and their goals and their hopes for their family and their neighbors.”
When asked if it was time for Romney to move on, he said, “That’s up to him. Listen, Mitt Romney is a friend of mine. I understand he is very upset about having lost the election and very disappointed,” adding that he’s a “good man.”
“Do I wish he hadn’t said those things? Of course. But on the other hand, I’m not going to bury the guy for it,” said Christie.
Romney’s analysis of his loss was condemned by Republicans, eager to distance themselves from the defeated nominee. “The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said Wednesday, mentioning the president’s health care legislation and the Dream Act. “He made a big effort on small things.”