Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Christie disagrees with Murdoch, Jack Welch

Fox & Friends co-host, Brian Kilmeade, asked Chris Christie this morning if Mitt Romney should heed Rupert Murdoch and Jack Welch's advice to shakeup his campaign staff.

Christie answered:

"No, I really don't.... if I told you back in February when Governor Romney was getting beaten up all over the Republican primaries that we'd sitting here on Fourth of July and he'd be in a dead heat with the president, you would've signed up for that.

The fact of the matter is that I think Governor Romney is running a good campaign. He's focused, he's confident, and I don't think there's any time to change right now. I think we've got a good campaign team."

The exchange was sparked by tweets Murdoch and Welch sent out on Sunday and Monday (respectively), urging Romney to get tougher.

Murdoch's tweet

Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.

And Welch's tweet:

Hope Mitt Romney is listening to Murdoch advice ont campaign staff..playing in league with Chicago pols..No room for amateurs

As an aside, while Christie didn't have anything negative to say about Romney in the Fox News interview, he was somewhat critical in a new chat with ABC News.

Christie told ABC News in an interview at the state capitol that will air Tuesday on “Nightline” that although “he’s much more reserved,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee should open up.

“I think he does,” Christie said, referring to Romney adopting less of a reserved style. “I think he does, and I think he knows that. I think as time progresses in this campaign, you’re going to see him open himself up more and more to the American people, and let them see who Mitt Romney really is, like I’ve had the opportunity to see. And I think when they do, they’re going to like what they see.”