Christie, Martinez hit the trail in New Mexico
May 29th, 2014
06:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie, Martinez hit the trail in New Mexico

(CNN) - Govs. Chris Christie and Susana Martinez certainly weren't trying to tamp down their mutual admiration Thursday, making a joint appearance that could further fuel speculation of a potential presidential ticket.

Talking to reporters after a meet-and-greet in Roswell, New Mexico, Christie labeled Martinez "one of my best friends in the entire Republican Governors Association."

The event was the first of a four-stop campaign blitz with the New Jersey governor on Thursday, with most of the day's events being private fundraisers. As RGA chairman, Christie frequently travels and helps raise money for governors like Martinez who are running for re-election.

"I'll come back as often as she asks me to," Christie said.

Christie and Martinez are both Republican executives of blue-leaning states who share a background in prosecution, and the pair formed an early bond four years ago.

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As the nation's first Hispanic woman elected governor–and the highest-ranking elected Hispanic female in the GOP–Martinez is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 vice presidential candidate, especially if Christie runs for president.

Asked Thursday by a reporter if the two could envision a "future partnership" together, Christie brushed off the question but elaborated on their shared style.

"You never know what life's going to bring you, but what I do know is that we've been partners now for three and a half years, bringing reforms to states as Republican governors that aren't used to this kind of thing," he said. "So we'll continue to be partners no matter what our future winds up holding for either one of us, and we're good friends."

Really good friends. In fact, Christie described her as a "friend" or "partner" seven times within the span of roughly three minutes.

Martinez was the only governor that Christie invited to stump for him during his own re-election bid last year. "There are lots of people I could have asked," he said. "We're friends. And so for me to come out here is a personal pleasure, and not just a political trip."

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Martinez also heaped praise on her pal from the East Coast.

"I consider him a friend. We're prosecutors from way back. We think alike," she said. "I admire how frank he is, how honest he is, how he just says it like it is and he doesn't do all that political speak. He says what people need to hear and then he follows up with it and follows through with his promises. And that's really important to me for a good leader."

Republicans argue the incumbent governor is poised to win re-election, despite her state becoming increasingly Democratic. In November, she'll face the winner of a crowded, five-way Democratic primary that takes place on June 3.

CNN rates the general election race as "tilting Republican."


Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New Mexico • RGA • Susana Martinez
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Chris-E...al

    Anything to beat the democrats if we want to survive as a free nation ! Situation critical with bad prognoses at the moment !

    May 29, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Pedro

    Vamonos! the Nation is hungry fo real change.

    May 29, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Anything to avoid talking about the GW bridge cover up .

    May 29, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    To both: Keep going west until you get to the Pacific Ocean. Find the longest pier possible, and jump off the end where the water is the deepest. No one will miss either of you, except Christie's butcher, he may feel some pain financially.

    May 29, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    It is called covering each other. This isn't a huge surprise given that it is his job as the head of the RGA. This makes me wonder about her since he is an ideologue that can't think beyond the party line.

    May 29, 2014 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Libby Raul Czar Lazlows

    We just need to cut our losses and let Mexico annex New Mexico. It is already overran with illegal immigrants and $ billions of US tax dollars are being spent to support them.

    Liberal Utopia: Who needs investments in business, the economy, or advanced technology when we can spend tax money on people who are in he country illegally? We'll just put it on the Chinese Express Credit Card. What's another trillion or two in debt anyways?

    May 29, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Thomas

    We're prosecutors from way back. We think alike,"

    More lawyers fighting for truth and justice ?

    May 30, 2014 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  8. Debbie

    She better be careful because Christie throws his closest friends under the bus. He's Nixon all over again.

    May 30, 2014 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  9. Marie MD

    This guy has no shame. I would think anyone with half a brain (not a teaklan, of course) would try to stay as far away as they can from him.

    May 30, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Blah,blah,blah. Now that they have been CRUSHED by Turtle McConnell, can't wait to see Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down.

    May 30, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |