(CNN) - Two members of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination voiced their support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after he chose not to enter the field Tuesday.
Though they may not miss the competition, former Utah Gov. John Huntsman's campaign and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had kind words for Christie, who bowed out before he was in after months of mounting pressure from Republicans.
"Governor Christie is a tremendous public servant who will be a force in Republican politics for years to come," Huntsman's campaign manager said in a written statement. "Though he will not be entering the presidential race, his message of reforming government and restoring American exceptionalism will not be lost."
After hosting a town hall meeting in Florida, Romney weighed in on Christie's decision as well.
"Competition is always a good thing and he would have been a very fine contender and competitor if he were in the race," he said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry chimed in with a statement saying, “Chris Christie is a friend, a great governor and rising star in the Republican Party."
"Gov. Christie will be a strong asset for the Republican Party as we work to build a national movement to get America working again, reduce the influence of Washington in our lives, and defeat President Obama next year.”
Right Mittens, you know that Crisco would have mopped the floor with you.
17% of republicans supported this half term governor.
@Dominican mama 4 Obama
I actually like Christie. Not for President, but I like him.
At least he didn't quit like the Quitta from Wasilla.
He's formidable- literally and figuratively- but he CANNOT withstand close scrutiny. If they put him under HALF the microscope that they did President Obama he wouldn't make it.
He needs to mature and get his temper tantrums and Soprano-like governing style in check.
I agree with every word you said. Well said.
As far as this article goes – they are ALL elated he didn't run as he would be the smartest most logical person up there. His biggest downfall is his weight and of course they couldn't attack him on that so today is a good day for these freaks as they get to keep lying and pretending to be presidential.
Yeah, whatever. I'm willing to bet they were all ready to crap their manpampers in the lead up to Tubby McJerseyShore's speech today and then let out a collective sigh of relief that reeked of nincompoop.
This just proves that Christie can't be bought. And that his family comes first. Two things I respect him for. But I respect President Obama even more. Obama/ Biden 2012.
OKay! now that Crispy Christ is out who's next? Omg.....it's now up to Sarahpalin...hahaha.....it's to funny...
They all farted from both ends when they realized that Christie will not be up against them!!! They're only praising him because he's not running!!!
At least Christie realizes that he is not ready and seeks to honor his commitment to the people of New Jersey to reform state government. Unfortunately after two years in the US Senate and no accomplishments the country is painfully aware that Obama was not ready to be president.
@Woman In California
I do not see Dominican Mama for Obama's post but I agree with your response wholeheartedly!!! Christie would not have handled the scrutiny health-wise or "nicely". If he controls some of that "arrogance," he would do much better...
So the once GOP is down to the 9 dwarfs. I can't think of one of them who will not alienate a significant segment of the Party of No.
FWIW – conservatives loved Christie bashing teachers, education, the cops and firemen. they loved his testosterone laced imitation of Don Corleone. But could the Guns, God and Gays crowd have lived with his centrist views on gun control among other things. Christie may be a slash and burn economic conservative, but he seems to be a cultural moderate.
I agree with you, Not fooled Obama/Biden 2012
I am guessing that Huntsman and Romney haven't bothered to talk to those who live in the state. He has bullied many of those in the legislature and those at his town halls. He is still doesn't know how to behave as a governor/administrator. He still thinks he is a prosecutor and a bully. It is a me vs them attitude; you win or lose. That is no way for a leader to really behave.
for the GOP to still be even seeking Christie to be in the race should be sort of an insult to everyone up there on the stage, especially Romney and Perry the so-called front runners. They are telling you all that either they don't like you much or think non of you can beat Obama.