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The flaws of Newt Gingrich according to Gov. Chris Christie

gingrichNewt012012_optBY ADELE SAMMARCO

On the heels of an upset win in the South Carolina primary, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called Newt Gingrich an “embarrassment to the party” on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday.

Despite having his ex-wife publicly announce the former Speaker of the House is not ‘morally fit to be President,” Gingrich ran away with the primary with the majority of southern voters declaring their support, rather admonishing Gingrich for his past infidelities.

There has been widespread speculation that Christie, a Mitt Romney supporter, would be picked as Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate.

Pointing to ethics violations of the late 1990’s while Gingrich was Speaker, Christie said, "He was run out of the speakership by his own party,” telling NBC’s David Gregory, “This is a guy who has had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment to the party.”

Christie cited Gingrich’s $300,000 payment to resolve allegations of relaying misleading information in a 1997 ethics probe and noted Romney does not have such a scandalous background.

"I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party, over time," Christie reiterated warning, "Whether he will do it again in the future, I don't know. But Governor Romney never has."

In the meantime, Mitt Romney has stepped up his attacks on Gingrich in preparation of the Florida primary, questioning the work Gingrich did for Freddie Mac and demanded his records be released.

Gingrich said his former company is working around confidentiality agreements and added he found it “ironic” that Romney is advocating for this release while he has yet to release his own tax records.

“Here’s someone who has released none of his business records, who has decided to make a stand on transparency without being transparent,” Gingrich told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Christie has urged Romney to release his tax records and Romney has recently announced that he will comply.

Gingrich has stated that his position with mortgage giant Freddie Mac, in which he earned $1.6 million, was that of a "strategic advisor".

"Strategic advisor?” blasted Christie, “That is the oldest Washington dodge in the book. That's because he didn't want to register as a lobbyist. First he said he was a historian, now he says he was a strategic advisor. He was using his influence that he obtained in public office to try to help get paid $1.6 million."

Comments (1)
1 Monday, 23 January 2012 19:30
Northeast Catholic Conservative
“The flaws of Newt Gingrich according to Gov. Chris Christie.” Gov. Christie, shame on you for promoting the negativity by finding faults in a fellow conservative. “This is a guy who has had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment to the party.” Enough with the bickering, pointing fingers and negative language towards members of our party. Let the people decide without the opinion of the media, celebrities and politicians. Gov. Christie, we are all human; each of us has made good and bad decisions including Gov. Romney. Gov. Romney’s challenges in recent days does not give you are anyone else the right to do onto others what you would not want done on to you. We are leaders, conservatives, and Christians. Let’s demonstrate our higher standards and values that many have come to expect. You opted not to run because deep down in your heart... even though many encouraged you to seek the nomination. Others have it in their hearts to pursue the nomination, so lets stick to the issues and facilitate a dialogue that will get the country on the right track. The hard working people of our country are in search of opportunities, so lets discuss how we are going to stimulate job growth in this great country of ours. Respectfully, a fellow conservative and Catholic.

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