BY | November 17, 2012

Washington, (IANS) Following the example of Louisiana’s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become the latest Republican to distance himself from the party’s defeated presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Like Jindal, Christie who had endorsed Romney early in the primary process, did not buy the candidate’s argument that President Barack Obama won last week’s election by offering “gifts” to minority voters.

Suggesting that Romney was still smarting from a negative campaign that ended in an Election Day defeat, he said on MSNBC Friday: “He’s a good man. He will find his level. And I think it’s still a little raw.”

“Do I wish he hadn’t said those things? Of course not. But on the other hand, I’m not going to bury the guy for it.”

“I understand he’s very upset about having lost the election and very disappointed,” Christie said. “I’ve never run for president – I’ve lost elections but never for the presidency – and I’m sure it stings terribly.”

Romney’s interest in parsing various electoral blocs was the wrong focus, Christie said, noting the former Republican nominee couldn’t “expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive”.

The type of post-election analysis Romney was offering made little sense to the New Jersey governor, who said it was time to focus back on governing, rather than making excuses for last Tuesday’s electoral thrashing.

“I always hate this kind of scapegoating after elections. When you lose, you lost,” said Christie, who came under fire from some Republicans after the election for appearing with Obama during storm relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

Carlos Gutierrez, Romney campaign adviser in charge of Hispanic outreach was also “shocked” by Romney’s comments about the Obama victory.

“I was shocked. I was shocked and, frankly, I don’t think that’s why the Republicans lost the election, why we lost the election. I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong,” he said.

“We are the party of prosperity, of growth, of tolerance,” Gutierrez said. “I mean, these immigrants who come across and what they do wrong is they risk their lives, they come here and they work because they want to be part of the American dream.”

Noting the Republicans’ growing disenchantment with Romney, the Washington Post suggested that “ten days after failing to sail into the White House, Mitt Romney is already being tossed overboard by his party”.

“The Republican candidate who attracted $1 billion in funding and 59 million votes in his bid to unseat President Obama – has rapidly become persona non grata to a shellshocked Republican Party, which appears eager to map out its future without its 2012 nominee,” it said.

RELATED

New York disbands unit That Spied on Muslims   After illegally spying over its Muslim population for more than 13 years, long at last the NYPD has decided to disband its most controversial special unit.     The group was formed in the post September...

nypd photo

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks in controlled detonation, 1 arrested   Law enforcement agencies are on their toes to ensure that the Boston Marathon is completed without any issue. The memories of the last years bombing during the Boston marathon are still afresh in...

Boston Marathon

ATMs to defend themselves against robbery, self destruction mechanism Merely a few days ago a group of criminals loaded an ATM machine in their car and drove away with around eight hundred thousand rupees inside the ATM machine. There were no security camera installed...

ATM

US Airways tweet photo goes viral, picture removed   US Airways was embarrassed when one of its tweets contained a vulgar photo. The picture that went online not just embarrassed the top US airline but also shocked millions of its customers across the...

Jewish Center shooting and killings classified a 'hate crime'   The killing of innocents outside the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Kansas City has left many stumped. The report was flashed across the world with many discussing it on the social...

Drought, high demand from China, Japan behind high beef prices   This is going to be a long-term phenomena and there is no chance of it to change anytime soon. Yes beef prices have gone up by around twenty percent in the last two-three months and at $5.5 per pound, it...