Christie, Martinez take issue with Romney’s ‘gift’ remarks

November 16, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) criticized Mitt Romney's remark to donors this week that he lost the election because President Obama handed out "gifts" to certain parts of the electorate, becoming the latest Republicans to take issue with the former GOP presidential nominee's comments. 

"That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party — our comments that are not thought through carefully," Martinez said at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las  Vegas, according to Yahoo News

In a Friday morning interview on MSNBC, Christie said he agreed with the other Republicans who have said that Romney's remark was wrong, but didn't appear to want to pile on too much. "Do I wish he hadn't said those things? Of course. But on the other hand, I'm not going to bury the guy for it," Christie said. 

Earlier this week, two other prominent Republicans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both criticized Romney's remark.

“We need to stop being a dumb party, and that means more than stop making dumb comments,” Jindal said. 

Romney is not without at least one defender, though. Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly is standing by the 2012 Republican presidential nominee's choice of words. 

"As you may know, I did an analysis pretty much saying the same thing," O'Reilly said on his Thursday show. "And I think that's what Governor Romney picked up on."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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