Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a man many conservatives hoped would run for president, sat down at a phone bank Wednesday to give Mitt Romney some advice on a GOP debate that night.
The advice was vintage Christie, and reflected exactly the quality his supporters had hoped the plain-spoken governor might bring to the race.
"Just be yourself, pal," Christie told Romney over the phone as he sat on a folding chair next to campaign volunteers making calls for the former Massachusetts governor at Romney's New Hampshire headquarters.
Christie, a darling of the conservative establishment, was in New Hampshire on his first trip to stump solo for Romney, who he endorsed the day of a Republican debate last month in New Hampshire.
After shaking hands with all the volunteers at Romney's phone bank, Christie sat down and made a call himself.
Soon it became clear that Christie was not trying to woo a New Hampshire voter.
Christie told Romney he would do well in the debate by letting his experience and personality shine through.
"The other guys will just try to get goofy," he said.
Christie also complimented Romney's New Hampshire volunteers.
"You have a great group of volunteers up here, they're working hard," he said. "Well they were working hard, until I got here. Now they've all stopped working. I'm real sorry."
After assuring Romney he would be watching his debate performance from a watch party in Boston, Christie hung up the phone and declared his friend was ready.
"It's in the bag, he's fine," he announced.