Christie to Romney: release tax info 'sooner rather than later'
January 18th, 2012
09:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Christie to Romney: release tax info 'sooner rather than later'

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of Mitt Romney's most popular and visible surrogates, said Wednesday the Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor should release his tax returns as soon as they're available.

"I would say if you have tax returns to put out, you know, you should put them out sooner rather than later because it's always better in my view to have complete disclosure, especially as the front-runner," Christie said on NBC's Today Show.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

On Tuesday, Romney said he would release his tax returns in April, after the Internal Revenue Service's tax filing deadline. He said that would provide the most up-to-date information for voters.

"The most relevant information is the most recent," Christie said in the interview Wednesday. "He'll release when he files in April. That's going to be up to him."

He added that he made a habit of releasing his own tax information annually.

"My practice all along is I release my tax returns every year as soon as they are filed," Christie said.

At his media availability Tuesday, Romney also said he "probably" paid a tax rate of 15%, since his income is derived mostly from investments and not a salary.

Also see:

Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad

Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum

Pro-Romney group leads 2012 super PAC spending blitz

Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jules

    Romney says he will release his 2010 -2011 tax forms because those are the ones that showing him paying at least 15%, There is a reason he won't release previous years returns, I am sure. I would really like to know if he has any accounts off shore that he paid no taxes on.

    January 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Look who's going to be teammates. Romney/Porky 2012

    January 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |

    I don't need to see the most recent Willard. Just show me your taxes for the past 5 years.

    January 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. beevee

    May be he needs a lot more time to cook up the numbers to defend his paying only 15% tax on his millions of income.

    January 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Barack Obama and his wife released their tax returns from 2000 to 2006 on his campaign Web site Tuesday, and the Illinois senator challenged Sen. Hillary Clinton to release hers." ( CNN – March 2008 )

    I challenge Mitt Romney to release his tax returns for the past six years as well.

    January 18, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. MaryM

    Yep, tax returns and Birth Certificate. Just like the Birthers demanded of President Obama

    January 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. GI Joe

    I can smell the bacon grease oozing from his skin when he talks on tv. NEVER Bully!

    January 18, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Sooner rather than later." Same thing that I have been saying. BUT. Romney is going to fumble it because he's too arrogant and out of touch with average Americans to conceive what is expected of him. Gov. Romney is going to release just one year, 2011, of tax returns. He has already suggested that might occur in April. Releasing just one year would be a major mistake. Folks want to see at least one year of his income from his Bain capital days.

    January 18, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. ST

    This has been the first test for Romney who wants to be a leader. He has been tested on judgement. To my opinion he has not so far showed a positive judgement regarding releasing his tax returns. To become a president is not an easy task like many candidates think it is. Being cautious like Romney has shown, brings more doubts about what kind a person he is!

    January 18, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Gurgi

    I gotta give Christie this one, he is right. It is better for Romney to get all the potential ammunition for the enemy out in the open as quickly as possible so it can be dealt with.

    January 18, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Jill-IN

    Mitt Romney should release several past years of tax returns now, and on Tax Day, he should release his 2011 tax returns.

    January 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Ed 1

    When do you think the public will understand the difference between Federal Income Tax and Capital Gains tax they are not the same.

    When you invest in stocks and sell after a year your profit if any will be taxed at 15% that's anybody and if you are paid a salary or by the hour you are subject to Federal income taxes based on what you earn.

    Why is this so hard to understand.

    Mitt's income is based on his investments that's why he doesn't pay pay more than 15% in taxes. You could have the same tax if you invested your money in stocks and kept them for a year and sold.

    Kind of simple isn't it.

    He is doing what our government allows him to do so just shut up. You have the same right as he does if you follow the same path.

    I would be willing to bet all people who invest in stocks would know this nothing new just some people live off their investments that they worked for period look at Warren Buffet same thing.

    January 18, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. vet in texas

    America this is why Reagan came out with his "11th commandment", because in doing so, you expose the frauds for what they are.

    Notice when all the scrutiny of Bain and venture capitalism came out, and certain people in the GOP establishment attacked the attackers, because it exposes what thay type of capitalism is and doesn't sound very good. Now you have Romney coming out about his 15% tax rate on earning from capital gains, and that in itself exposes what all GOP candidates want to regarding ending capital gains tax......

    If conservative constituents would be as skepitcal of their leaders as they are with Obama, I'd bet they wouldn't have voted for W twice, they wouldn't have supported Sarah Palin whatsoever, and probably wouldn't vote for any of this batch of candidates running at this time.....think about it objectively, and listen to what they are actually saying and the actual results that would happen.....not just the results they say (think deregulation of the oil industry and the BP spill).

    January 18, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |