Christie: George W. Bush was ‘grossly underappreciated’

February 12, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (John Gress/Reuters)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (John Gress/Reuters)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said at an event Tuesday that former president George W. Bush is "grossly appreciated."

“The guy won two national elections,” Christie said at an event in Chicago, according to NJ.com. “How easy has that looked the last eight years. He was, first, an outstanding political candidate. And I think he was grossly underappreciated by his own country and his own party as a politician.”

Bush nominated Christie as U.S. attorney early in his tenure. He left office with very poor approval numbers but has since recovered somewhat. A Gallup poll last year showed that, for the first time since early in his second term, more Americans had a favorable view of Bush (49 percent) than an unfavorable one (46 percent).

Christie, who is still facing questions about his bridge scandal back home. was speaking to a group of business and civic leaders hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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