Christie adviser denies report about Romney invitation
November 5th, 2012
07:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Christie adviser denies report about Romney invitation

Boston (CNN) - An adviser to Chris Christie is flatly denying a report that the New Jersey governor turned down an offer from the Romney campaign to appear at a Sunday night campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Asked if the Romney campaign extended the invitation, longtime Christie confidante Bill Palatucci answered with a simple "No."

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The Huffington Post reported late Monday that Romney officials asked Christie to appear with the Republican presidential nominee at a large outdoor rally in the Philadelphia suburb of Morrisville, a stone's throw from the New Jersey capital of Trenton.

Christie reportedly declined the offer, rankling a Romney team already frustrated by Christie's effusive praise of President Barack Obama during their tour of the New Jersey communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy last week.

"You can't tell me he couldn't have gone over there for a night rally," a Romney campaign source groused to Huffington Post.

Palatucci said no one from the Romney campaign reached out.

"They knew better than to ask given the situation here," Palatucci told CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. BinaryTooth

    Liberals lying. Who would have thought?

    November 5, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Aset

    Really?!? Christie, you would rather talk to a group of people then make sure your state is still okay from Sandy. I can't believe you are a governor. Your top priority should be the people of NJ not so Romney can get couple more votes

    November 5, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Christie is a lot of things......some good, some not so good......but what he is not, is stupid. If he was to leave his state during their time of emergency to attend a political rally for Romney, it would mark the end of his political career. If the Romney people actually asked him to do this, it is further evidence of how stone deaf they wonder they are going to get their clocks cleaned at the polls tomorrow. Stupid is as stupid quote Forrest Gump.

    November 5, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. enuff

    Romney's people are acting like spoiled, pouty brats. Christie has a little more on his plate than a night rally for Romney. Whining about how he should drop everything just Romney is ignorant.

    November 5, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. GTA

    Not surprising that the Romney campaign would extend an invitation to a governor whose state is recovering from a hurricane. All they care about is getting elected. And the worst part is they probably never gave it a second thought...

    November 5, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Slightly Left of Center

    The real question is whether or not he would have accepted the invitation....

    November 5, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Francisco

    I believe Christie was never asked.. However, where did Huffington post get all that information? And if all the information is true in fact, why lie? All Christie could say was that he was busy and things would be okay... But for the fact that Christie's adviser said he was never even asked, someone is lying.

    November 5, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. CanadaONE

    Canadian HYDRO companies have come down south to help out – but only until Obama is president – if he leaves Canada leaves

    I don't blame Cristier for shrugging off Robme

    November 5, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Felicia Briggs

    I can't wait until Trueday ( Tuesday ) morning.Its going to feel like Christmas Day to me..I am getting up early to vote..

    November 5, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. bb

    Chris Christie wants to be re-elected and to be seen with Mitt Romney would be political suicide.

    November 5, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. musicfan

    Huffington Post just trying to throw stones.

    November 5, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Al

    Are the wheels already falling off?

    November 5, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. anonoymous

    Hope all you Romney supporters see this show of concern for the storm victims. John Mcain keeps talking about Libya and you have people here on american soil devastated by this storm. He is no more concerned about Libya or the 4 who lost their lives than the Romney campaign is concerned about the storm victims. Gov Christie has a natural diaster on his hands and the Romney camp wants him at a rally? Just mad that he openly prasied the president for his help and leadership. Truth hurts sounds like that loner who has no friends unemployed and uneducated who really believes romney's gonna help him. Poor a college-ed professional black female democrat who has seen your kind before. Even if Romney wins you will still be friendless and your lack of education will still render you underemployed ut hey maybe he'll let proba bly not qualified for that either...Obama 2012 for those of us who can read and write

    November 5, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    Leave Christie alone!!!!!!!! His plate is full....He is the only republican anyway with any guts.....

    November 5, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie has more important responsibilities to attend to than appearing for a political campaign for Romney. Shame on the Romney campaign when the people of New Jersey are in a crisis mode.

    November 5, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. W.G.

    Did Romney ever go and see the people in N.J. ? NO ! Maybe that´s why Christie didn´t bother to go.

    November 5, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Mack

    I guess Romney and his campaign folks will lie right up until the polls close tomorrow!!!

    November 5, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. ruff

    Christie knows Romney can't win, and is cutting his losses to position himself for a 2016 run.

    November 5, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    You have to wonder what Christie was doing when Romney was close by. I don't think that he really was overseeing the disaster all that closely. I think Christie is loosing hope that Romney is going to win. Besides, this could be a set up for a 2016 run for president for Christie.

    November 5, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Laura, Boston

    The Huffington Post is becoming a "rag". What would make anybody think Christie would have moved one foot outside of NJ when he still has citizens needing his help. It was Obama who took advantage of the "photo op"...saying looking at us we work well with the other side of the aisle. Take a picture, Okay now lets go and go to Nevada! So knock it off!

    November 5, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. Marry

    Gov. Christie does well in the future when he remembers what he learned from the President. The federal Government represents all people of the US and there are times where only the UNITET STATES are in a position to care for all who might desperately need help! Candidate Romney has already spelled out that the Federal Government with him in charge will lean back because 47% do not interest him. “Send it back to the States, better privatize!” That is not right! That is an un-American (and expensive) way of looking at fellow Americans and the obligations brought together for the country in Washington!

    November 6, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |