New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has endorsed Mitt Romney for president, made the television rounds on Thursday following the 20th GOP debate of the primary season on Wednesday night, defending Romney and saying that a loss in his home state of Michigan would not spell doom for the former Massachusetts Governor.
"Is it bad news? Yes. Is he in trouble? No," Christie said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "It was clear he was the best of the group and the only one of the group I thought gave us a good chance of being the president. And so nothing that happened last night, or if he were to lose Michigan, would change my evaluation of that."
On Fox News' Fox and Friends, Christie said that while a victory in Michigan would give Romney "great momentum moving into Super Tuesday," the state isn't a must-win for the candidate.
"If he doesn't [win], remember, there is still a lot of delegates to be given out," Christie said. "He still has, I think, the best message, the best organization and the most money, all which have will help him to get the nomination."
Christie took a jab at GOP hopeful Rick Santorum, saying that the former Pennsylvania senator's performance Wednesday night showed that he just wasn't ready to be in the spotlight. "I think what you really saw last night was that Senator Santorum just wasn’t ready," Christie said on Fox and Friends. "I don’t think he was ready to feel the heat that he felt last night.”
Christie also had some choice words for billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose suggestion in an August New York Times op-ed to tax the rich at a higher rate has gained some momentum: In his latest budget proposal, President Obama offered a provision, commonly called the Buffett Rule, that would require Americans making more than $1 million a year to pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent.
"Listen, if he wants to pay more tax, let him," Christie said on Fox and Friends Thursday morning. "I don't mean to be disrespectful, I just mean tell it as I see it...if you really want to contribute, write a check and contribute. You got tens of billions of dollars. You trust Barack Obama with that money? Then write a check and give it to him."
The attack was a continuation of a conversation Christie had with CNN's Piers Morgan Wednesday night in which the New Jersey governer said in his usual direct manner he was tired of hearing about the Buffett tax.