New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he will not get involved in Republican Rob Astorino’s bid to unseat Andrew Cuomo in New York, saying the race is a “lost cause.”
Gov. Chris Christie was campaigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in Connecticut today, but don’t expect him to be making any similar upcoming trips to New York.
The governor, boasting about his ability to make a quick campaign trip for a Republican gubernatorial hopeful here because of its proximity to the Garden State, suggested it’s unlikely he’ll be supporting the Republican hoping to oust New York’s Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo anytime soon.
“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” said Christie, who took the reins as chairman of the RGA in November.
“We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes,” he said when asked about the possibility of campaign trips to the Empire State.
A recent poll shows Cuomo with a commanding 37-point lead, as Astorino struggles with name recognition.
Christie reserved the right to change his stance if polling changes, seemingly unaware that his assistance could facilitate that change for Astorino.
State of Politics points out that Cuomo has leveled very little criticism toward Chris Christie for his handling of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal known as Bridgegate.
Christie was also rumored to be attending Cuomo’s Adirondack Challenge this past weekend, but that surprise pairing ultimately did not happen.
Chris Christie doesn’t mind providing photo ops for President Obama during an election campaign, but asking him to support a true conservative appears to be a lost cause.