New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is denying that he turned down a request from Mitt Romney's campaign to appear at a rally in Pennsylvania last weekend.
The plainspoken governor told reporters Tuesday that he spoke with Romney before Hurricane Sandy hit and explained that he would be unable to campaign if the storm was bad.
“All this other noise is coming from know-nothing disgruntled Romney staffers who don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States,” Christie said during a news briefing in Westwood.
Romney himself, he added, has "gave me a pass for the rest of the campaign because he understands what it's like to be a governor and have to deal with this stuff."
Christie added that his whereabouts were irrelevant to the race. "The idea of me not showing up at a rally in Pennsylvania that I wasn't invited to would have an effect on a national election — as big as my ego is, not even my ego’s that big."
A Christie adviser told PolitickerNJ that any Romney staffers suggesting that Christie snubbed the Republican presidential candidate are misinformed or malicious.
"Either the staff leaking this doesn't know or they are going rogue," strategist Mike DuHaime said. "I think they didn't ask because they knew what the answer would be." Another Christie insider similarly told CNN, "They knew better than to ask given the situation here."