(CNN) – Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor and Mitt Romney supporter, was not attacking rival candidate Newt Gingrich in a recent interview, Romney asserted Friday.
Romney said Christie's criticism of Gingrich's record to a Florida website was "hardly an attack," but the Republican presidential contender echoed Christie's comments.
"My view is that Newt Gingrich and I have very different backgrounds," Romney said on Fox News Friday. "His background is very valid, of course, but he's been in politics almost all his life ... I think that America needs to have a leader who's run things."
Christie made similar statements to FLDemocracy2012.com Thursday when asked to compare the backgrounds of Gingrich and Romney, who he endorsed in October.
"Speaker Gingrich has never run anything, and he's been a legislator. I have to tell you, I don't think being a legislator is the best calling card," Christie said, according to the website. "Look at the guy we have in the White House now, he never ran anything and was a legislator."
As Gingrich's support grows in national and state-wide polls, so too does the oratory between the two competitors. Gingrich continues to paint himself as the conservative alternative to Romney, while Romney, who is making his second bid for the White House, criticizes Gingrich's history as a politician.
Romney did not let up in his latest interview, asserting that Gingrich's history is not fit for a president. He also brushed off Gingrich's recent statements of confidence, saying votes, not rhetoric, are needed to win the GOP primary.
"There's this funny thing in America, it's called an election. You have to win the election and to win the election you have to earn it, you have to get out and campaign," Romney said. "Self aggrandizing statements about polls are not going to win elections."