Republicans push back: Don’t blame Chris Christie

Some Republicans are taking issue with Mitt Romney supporters who think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) deserves blame for the candidate's defeat. 

Christie effusively praised President Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy, a public embrace that a few of Romney's biggest financial backers argue changed the race.

"If you listed all the reasons Obama won, Christie’s remarks about the storm might have been No. 5,765,396," Republican strategist Todd Harris said. "The truth is that Christie did a ton of work for the GOP in 2012 and pointing fingers at him is absurd. The Republican Party needs to learn the right lessons from 2012, but blaming Christie is not one of them."

Ezra Klein notes that there was no swing in polls after the storm.

Philip Rucker contributed to this report.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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