Christie Still Being Courted For Presidential Run [VIDEO]
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the national TV rounds, spending an hour with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday night and doing a short segment on ABC’s Good Morning, America on Wednesday morning talking about gay marriage and his support of Mitt Romney.
On ABC, Christie said he continues to be courted privately to jump into the 2012 presidential race, but says he’s only interested in having Mitt Romney secure the nomination.
Christie tells George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “Good Morning America” he hasn’t changed his mind about not entering the race. Christie predicts Romney’s sputtering campaign will regain its momentum and that he will be the clear front runner by April. He says the long primary season, something he voted against, is hurting the Republican candidates and hopes that a lesson will be learned.
Stephanopoulos asked Christie about recent comments by both Rick Santorum and Romney about Obama’s religion. He says the comments are relevant and count, as are all comments by a Presidential candidate, but isn’t someplace he would like to see the race go.
The economy is the important issue in both New Jersey and across the country, according to Christie, and putting people back to work so they can support their families and contribute to the economy.
When asked about the “New Jersey Comeback” he touted in Tuesday’s budget address and if President Obama could make the same “comeback” claim about the US economy, he said the Garden State has added jobs while the country overall under the Obama administration has lost jobs.
“I DON’T COMPROMISE MY PRINCIPALS FOR POLITICS”
Christie discussed gay marriage with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday night and continued to support putting the issue to a referendum. “I know this is a very emotional issue and a very divisive issue in my state. The only way we have to amend our constitution in New Jersey – which is by referendum – let’s put it on the ballot and let’s let the people decide.”
Morgan suggested that Christie might be “out of step” with the 7 states that have legalized gay marriage. Christie said he is still in the majority and that he will not compromise his principals for politics. He admits to having “robust discussions” with gay friends but says they do not accuse him of being bigoted.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.