New Jersey shogun backs frontrunner at press conference in Lebanon, NH.
Christie defends RomneyCare as different from ObamaCare — calls comparisons “intellectually dishonest.”
Tues. pre-debate endorsement greased by shared adviser Russ Schriefer.
In NBC News exclusive, Romney, with Christie sitting next to him, tells Jamie Gangel NJ Guv would “be on anyone’s shortlist.”
AND Christie to sit down with Hannity Tues. on Fox News.
In later tele-town hall, Christie says Romney “has absolute right to pick whoever” he wants for vice president but adds, “I have every expectation that I’m going to be serving my full term as Governor of New Jersey.”
PLUS: Christie to sit down with Hannity Tues. on Fox News at 9pm ET in recorded interview.
Also: spotted in Lebanon: NBC News super-getter Jamie Gangel.
Mitt Romney And Special Guest Address Supporters Before New Hampshire Debate
Boston, MA – Today at 3:00pm, Mitt Romney and a special guest will address supporters ahead of the Bloomberg/Washington Post Debate in Hanover, New Hampshire. The following event will be open to the press:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Event: Mitt Romney And Special Guest Address Supporters
When: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Courtyard Hanover Lebanon
10 Morgan Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire
This helps Romney big time in at least five ways. One, it unlocks about a million dollars (or more) in Jersey money. Two, it sprinkles Romney with some of the Christie fairy dust that falls off the broad shoulders of one of the hottest politicians in America. Three, it gives Romney some of Christies' Tea Party, anti-spending cred. Four, it keeps the "Romney on a roll with the Establishment" meme going. And, five, it implicitly helps keep Perry marginalized as a Southern/regional candidate. Voters don't care much about endorsements, but, for the donor community, other governors, and the Christie-loving media, this is as good a get as exists in the party today.