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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had a lot on his agenda lately, with the near-destruction of his beloved state due to Sandy and the nor'easter that followed. Now, members of Mitt Romney's campaign have accused him of "snubbing" the presidential candidate and possibly costing him the election.
Christie denied that he turned down a request from the Romney campaign to appear at a rally in Pennsylvania, according to The Washington Post. He told the press that he directly told the campaign that he would remain in his own state should the weather turn bad, which it did.
"All this other noise is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don't like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. I told Gov. Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted, that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented," Christie said during a news briefing.
"I said to him, 'Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it's going to, I'm off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.' And he said to me, 'Chris, of course. Do your job; don't worry about me. I'll take care of things,'" Christie explained.
Yet campaign officials are still not happy about Christie's decision to stay within his state during its time of need. To top it off, Gov. Christie appeared with President Obama, who was Romney's chief rival at the time. Many accused him of pandering to the Democrats at a time when the Republicans needed him most.
However, Christie remained dedicated to the Republican cause, even telling the press on Election Day that he was "confident [Romney] was going to be elected president of the United States."
"Either the staff leaking this doesn't know or they are going rogue," political strategist Mike DuHaime told The Washington Post. "I think they didn't ask because they knew what the answer would be."